U.S. says Russia's Syria plan can't be "delaying" tactic
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 01:27
Sept. 10 - As Syrian air strikes reportedly pound rebel territories of Damascus, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry tells Congress a Russian proposal to the standoff over Syria can't become a delay tactic against military action. Mana Rabiee reports.
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"We're waiting for that proposal but we're not waiting for long."
And with that, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told the U.S. Congress that a Russian diplomatic proposal to the international standoff over Syria shouldn't become a stalling tactic against the threat of military action.
SOUNDBITE: U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY SAYING:
"That this cannot be a process of delay, this cannot be a process of avoidance, it has to be real, it has to be measurable, it has to be tangible."
Syria accepted Russia's proposal that it give up its chemical weapons to avert U.S. military action, in response to a suspected chemical attack in August.
But as a possible diplomatic solution begins to take shape, Syrian rebels posted video, which Reuters cannot verify, of what they say are government warplanes bombing rebel positions in the capitol Damascus.
The air strikes, rebels say, show that the government thinks the West has lost its nerve and is backpedaling from the threat of military action.
Also in Damascus, hundreds attended the funerals of three Christians killed last week when rebels attacked an army check point at the entrance of the city.
Arab Gulf states said Russia's chemical weapons proposal doesn't address the broader civil war in Syria -- and does little to stop the bloodshed.
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