Senators craft Syria alternative

2013-09-10 16:50
US Republican Senator from Arizona John McCain listens during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill. (Brendan Smialowski, AFP)

US Republican Senator from Arizona John McCain listens during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill. (Brendan Smialowski, AFP)

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Washington - Senior congressional aides say a bipartisan group of senators is working on an alternative measure to a resolution authorising US military force against Syria.

The group met late on Monday on a plan that would call on the UN Security Council to state that Syria has chemical weapons and require a UN team to remove them within a specific time period, possibly 60 days.

If this cannot be done, then President Barack Obama would have the authority to launch military strikes.

The senators working on the proposal are Republicans John McCain, Kelly Ayotte, Lindsey Graham and Saxby Chambliss along with Democrats Chris Coons, Bob Casey, Chuck Schumer, Carl Levin and Bob Menendez.

The aides spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorised to publicly discuss the plan.

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