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Congressman Carney Reacts To President's Speech On Syria


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman John Carney (DE) today released the following statement regarding President's speech on Syria:

"As I've said from the outset, international support is crucial to address Syria's use of chemical weapons. It's clear from tonight's speech that the President agrees. I'm encouraged by the recent developments regarding United Nations action on the disposition of Syria's chemical weapons. I very much hope that a resolution like the one being discussed can be achieved.

"I've stated before that taking military action in Syria should be the option of last resort. I'm under no illusions that we can take the word of Russia or Syria at face value. For that reason, I urge the Administration to continue pursuing United Nations action to require Syria to turn over its chemical weapons arsenal. I agree with the President that Congress should wait to act as the United Nations process unfolds.

"This potential solution would be a positive result from both a short- and long-term perspective. It obviates the need for military action in the short-term. And in the long-term, it provides a much greater assurance that Syria's chemical weapons will not fall into the wrong hands. Above all, it removes a powerful, deadly tool from the arsenal of a brutal dictator who has used these horrible weapons to murder his own people. I echo the President's call for the United Nations to take strong, clear, and swift action to assure these outcomes."

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