Obama wants UN to hear Russia’s plan for Syrian chemical weapons


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Published time: September 10, 2013 15:03

Reuters / Carlo Allegri

The Associated Press is reporting that United States President Barack Obama has agreed to discuss with the UN a Russian proposal that will require Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to relinquish his stockpile of chemical weapons.

Sources tell the AP that the White House will let the
Russian-brokered deal be heard by the United Nations. The
compromise would require Assad’s regime to surrender a stockpile
of chemical weapons that the US says the Syrian leader used to
kill more than 1,400 people outside of Damascus on August 21.

The news comes only hours after Syrians Foreign Minister Walid
al-Moualem told NBC News that he hoped the compromise would allow
for a “peaceful solution” that would “put an end to the
war
.”

A US House panel is discussing the use of military force against
Syria Tuesday morning, one day after Obama administration
officials said they would continue to press lawmakers to
authorize a strike despite news of a possible negotiation. Pres.
Obama will speak to the world later in the day with an address
from the White House scheduled for 9 p.m. Washington-time.

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