Bipartisan resolution drafted on syria intervention; imposes 60-day limit, bars boots on the ground
Press trust of india
Washington, 4 September
The Syria war resolution drafted by members of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee permits up to 60 days of military action against the Bashar al-Assad regime and does not permit any boots on the ground, Congressional aides said.
“The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has crafted a bipartisan Authorisation for the Use of Military Force that we believe reflects the will and concerns of Democrats and Republicans alike,” Senator Robert Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said after successfully negotiating with Ranking Member Bob Corker on the resolution ~ ‘Authorisation for the Use of Military Force in Syria’.
However, the text of the draft resolution was not officially released.
The resolution is likely to be put to vote before the committee today. The resolution, among other things, permit the deployment of a small rescue mission in the event of an emergency, Congressional aides said.
Mr Menendez said the resolution gives US President Barack Obama the authority he needs to deploy force in response to the Assad regime’s criminal use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people.
The resolution also assures that the authorisation is narrow and focused, limited in time, and assures that the armed forces of the USA will not be deployed for combat operations in Syria.
Yesterday, Mr Menendez presided over the Senate committee hearing on Syria. The Senate is expected to schedule a vote on the resolution early next week.
In Stockholm, President Barack Obama said the international community’s credibility is on the line and it cannot remain silent in the face of “barbarism”.
“I discussed our assessment and (Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt) and I are in an agreement that in the face of such barbarism the international community cannot be silent,” Mr Obama said at a joint news conference in Stockholm along with Mr Reinfeldt. “Failing to respond to this attack would only increase the risk of more attacks and that possibility that other countries would use these weapons, as well.”
“My credibility is not on the line. The international community’s credibility is on the line, and America and Congress’ credibility is on the line because we give lip service to the notion that these international norms are important,” he said.
“I didn’t set a red line. The world set a red line. The world set a red line when governments representing 98 per cent of the world’s population said the use of chemical weapons are abhorrent and passed a treaty forbidding their use even when countries are engaged in war,” President Obama said.
The USA has alleged that the nerve agent sarin was used by the Bashar al-Assad regime against rebels on 21 August and that at least 1,429 people were killed, including over 400 children, a charge denied by the Syrian government.