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White House Says no Timeline for Syria Diplomacy

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The White House is not putting a timeline on a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in Syria.
 
Press Secretary Jay Carney says the United States isn't interested in delaying tactics, but putting Syria's chemical weapons under international control, quote, "obviously will take some time." He says a United Nations process to draft a resolution is just underway.
 
The U.N. action is designed to stop plans for a U.S. military strike in response to chemical weapons use in Syria.
 
Carney also says Syrian ally Russia has taken more action on the matter in the past two days than during the previous two years. He added that Russia is "putting its prestige on the line" to get Syria to turn over its chemical weapons stockpile.

Meanwhile, a senior official in Syria says the Russian proposal for Syria to give up control of its chemical weapons arsenal is still a "broad headline" that needs to be developed. 
 
He adds that Syria is ready to sign a convention against chemical weapons, but not if that move is imposed by foreign powers. 
 
The cabinet minister tells the Associated Press that Syria's chemical weapons were meant to achieve strategic balance against Israel.
 
And a French official says tense negotiations are under way on a proposed U.N. resolution that would put Syria's weapons under international control. 
 
The official says Russia is objecting to including a provision that would make the resolution enforceable through military power. Russia also objects to blaming last month's chemical weapons attack near Damascus on the Syrian government. (AP)

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