U.N.: Diplomacy Please in Syria

    The head of UN inspectors’ team, Professor Ake Sellstrom, second right, and Angela Kane, right, the representative on the United Nations for Disarmament Issues, watch as the UN inspectors’ team leaves the Four Seasons hotel in Damascus, Syria, August 28, 2013. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pleaded for a diplomatic solution to the Syrian conflict, even as world powers appeared to be moving toward punitive military strikes against President Bashar Assad's regime for what the United States and its allies say was a deadly chemical weapons attack. Syria has denied it was behind the alleged attack. (AP Photo)


    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday asked for a diplomatic response in Syria, despite the evidence that much of the Security Council is headed for military strikes as evidence mounted that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime was responsible for a chemical-gas attack that killed hundreds last week. “Here in Peace Palace, let us say: give peace a chance. Give diplomacy a chance,” Ban said at The Hague. But Britain has already drafted a U.N. resolution to present to the Security Council on Wednesday calling for “authorizing necessary measures to protect civilians” in Syria. U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, meanwhile, will spend the next two days meeting with Asian defense leaders in Brunei in a push to make sure those ties are still strong.

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