Syria: Obama, America's credibility on the line

President, I hope Putin will change stance

04 September, 16:38

    (ANSAmed) - SAINT PERESBURG, SEPTEMBER 4 - US President Barack Obama on Wednesday said the credibility of the US and the international community is on the line over their response to Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons. 'My credibility is on the line. The international community's credibility is on the line', the president said during a press conference in Stockholm, where he is meeting with Swedish Premier Fredrik Reinfeldt before heading to the G-20 summit in Russia. 'America and Congress's credibility is on the line, because we give lip service to the notion that these international norms are important'.

    Obama insisted he had not been the one to first set a red line on chemical weapons use, the international community had.

    'I didn't set a red line, the world set a red line', he said.

    The president also said he believes in peace but we the world is full of violence and the international community must take responsibility. Every diplomatic effort was made to solve the problem, Obama told the press conference, adding that when he sees 400 children killed by gas agents he sees humanity violated and decisions he wished not to take must be adopted.

    He said he believed Congress would back limited military action in Syria both in the timing and objectives because the US recognizes that 'if the international community fails to maintain certain norms and standards that govern how countries interact and people are treated that over time this world becomes less safe'.

    Obama said mistakes on Iraq would not be repeated and stressed the US has a high degree of certainty that chemical attacks were carried out by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al Assad.

    The president also said he remained confident Russian President Vladimir Putin would change his stance over Russia's support to Assad's regime. (ANSAmed)
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