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UN, September 24. (Itar-Tass) – Syrian military conflict should be resolved through peaceful means, as it is in the interest of all parties involved, said U.S. President Barack Obama during his address to the UN General Assembly New York.
According to the American president, the United States will take direct action, responding to threat of its national security coming from terrorists and will not allow using of any weapons of mass disruption.
The U.S. will allocate $340 million towards assisting Syrian refugees, Obama said.
He qualified the Syrian conflict as a full-scale civil war, adding that the “peace process is stillborn.”
"With respect to Syria, we believe that as a starting point, the international community must enforce the ban on chemical weapons. There must be a strong Security Council Resolution to verify that the Assad regime is keeping its commitments,” the U.S. president added.
Goals of American diplomats
Obama stated: "America’s diplomatic efforts will focus on two particular issues: Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons, and the Arab-Israeli conflict,” adding that he believed these two major issues were not cause of all problems in the area, although they have been a major source of instability for too long. Resolving these issues can potentially become a foundation for achieving piece on a larger scale, the president believes.
Geneva II conference
September 22 the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces has announced its readiness to participate in the Geneva II peace conference if it would be aimed at creating an interim government in Damascus. A representative of the U.S. department of state said that the Coalition’s delegation was working in Stambul in order to hone negotiation skills.
New visits of UN inspectors to Syria
United Nations experts will return to Syria on Wednesday, September 25, to continue investigation into the use of chemical weapons in that country, the U.N. Secretary-General’s Deputy Spokesman, Farhan Haq, said on Tuesday.
United Nations experts will be tasked to find evidence proving reports that both the government troops and opposition forces used poisonous substances in at least six cases.