Rep. Miller Statement on Urging the Transfer of Syrian Chemical Weapons into International Control

Sep 9, 2013

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) today made the following statement regarding Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s proposal urging Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem to transfer Syria’s chemical weapons into international control.  Miller said:

“For weeks we have heard that all diplomatic avenues toward a resolution of the problem of chemical weapons used in Syria were closed, but today the Russian Foreign Minister put forward the prospect that all chemical weapons held by the Assad regime could be transferred to international control which shows that diplomacy can still work.  I was also glad to hear UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon say that he is contemplating urging the United Nations Security Council to pass a resolution mandating that all Syrian chemical weapons be transferred to international control and safely destroyed.

“I strongly believe that the national security interests of the United States are not enhanced by engaging militarily in the Syrian civil war and the issue of chemical weapons can only be resolved through international diplomacy.  I urge President Obama to pursue this diplomatic path and move off the march toward a war that the American people do not want, will not enhance our national security and would not resolve anything in the Syrian civil war.”