The US and UK on Thursday appeared to have backed down from an immediate punitive military strike against Syria until UN team reports back from Damascus.
Even as US President Barack Obama said military strike was in US interest and Britain said armed action would be legal, however intervention looked set to be delayed.
Now, all action shifts to Syrian capital where UN inspectors have completed their probe in the alleged August 21 gas attack.
The team will leave Syria on Saturday and then report to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. France and Germany urged the world body to pass its report on to the decision-making Security Council as soon as possible.
The UN team will leave Syria on Saturday and then report to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. France and Germany urged the world body to pass its report on to the decision-making Security Council as soon as possible.
Demonstrators protest against potential British military involvement in Syria at a gathering outside the Houses of Parliament in central London on Thursday.
WITH OR WITHOUT UN?
The US, Britain and France say they can act with or without a UN Security Council resolution, which is likely to be vetoed by Russia, a close ally of Assad. However, some countries are raising qualms: Italy said it would not join any military operation without UN authorisation.
US lawmakers are mounting pressure on Obama to consult Congress before ordering military intervention in Syria. The president said, separately, though he has “concluded” the Assad regime was responsible for the use of chemical weapons, he has not yet decided how to respond.
India called for resolving the Syrian conflict through peaceful political means. Speaking at the second ASEAN defence ministers’ meeting (plus) meet in Brunei, minister of state for defence Jitendra Singh said, “India has supported calls for stopping of violence and commencement of an inclusive national dialogue to resolve the conflict through peaceful political means.”
(With inputs from Rahul Singh in New Delhi)