Cantwell Statement on Conflict in Syria

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) released the following statement after President Obama’s address to the nation on the conflict in Syria.

"The United States should redouble efforts for a diplomatic and political solution in Syria: Getting U.N. Security Council action supported by Russia that would allow Syria's chemical weapons to be collected and destroyed. As this process continues, I encourage the administration to push for Kofi Annan to resume his role as the U.N.’s special peace envoy to Syria.

“I would strongly prefer a diplomatic and political solution to both Syria's possession and use of chemical weapons and to end the Syrian civil war. I appreciate the President's decision today to ask to delay a vote on military force. We now need to give the administration time to see if diplomacy and the Russian proposal can work. I will be watching Secretary Kerry's upcoming meeting with Russia's foreign minister closely.”