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Kaine: U.S. must Exhaust All Options before Using Military in Syria

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Senator Tim Kaine issued a statement Tuesday on the proposal that Syria place its chemical weapons under international control. Kaine says this is one potential diplomatic solution that must be exhausted before a military strike would commence.

The statement says in part, "A diplomatic solution continues to be the best possible outcome in Syria." He continues to say, "We must therefore carefully examine this and any other credible offer presented by the Russians and Syrians."

Kaine says if not for the American pressure on the Assad regime, we would not be having these diplomatic discussions.


Office of Senator Tim Kaine Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, released the following statement today on the proposal that Syria place its chemical weapons under international control and abide by the terms of the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention.
 
"I'm pleased that the President's decision to seek congressional authorization for a military strike in Syria – and a subsequent vote in the Foreign Relations Committee in support of military action if diplomatic options are exhausted – has motivated Assad to consider relinquishing his chemical weapons stockpile to international control. A diplomatic solution continues to be the best possible outcome in Syria, and the limited authorization I voted for last week includes a requirement that the U.S. must first exhaust all diplomatic options before commencing a military strike. We must therefore carefully examine this and any other credible offer presented by the Russians and Syrians, as well as strongly support efforts currently taking place in the United Nations Security Council. But make no mistake, if not for the American pressure on the Assad regime, we would not be having the diplomatic discussions we are today. I commend the President for his resolve and urge my colleagues to support continued efforts to create such diplomatic opportunities."

 


 

Kaine later released the following statement, in response to President Obama's speech on Syria:

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement in response to President Obama's address to the nation on Syria tonight:  

"Tonight the President made a strong case to the American people for why Bashar Al-Assad's use of chemical weapons to kill Syrian civilians must have consequences. At stake is an international norm against chemical weapons that's not only protected civilians around the world for nearly 90 years, but also the brave men and women we've sent to battle in Europe, the Pacific, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. While I strongly agree that all diplomatic options must be exhausted before any military action is taken, the diplomatic channels open today would not have been possible without American leadership and pressure on the Assad regime. I applaud the President for making clear to the nation why this principle matters and I urge my Senate colleagues to maintain American resolve as we explore the possibility of placing the Syrian chemical weapons arsenal under international control."

 

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