Securing a solution
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Russia's proposal on Syria is the only diplomatic way out.
With a fluctuating conflict on the ground, a military strike on Syria, no matter how limited in scope, would likely have made a bad situation worse, destabilising a volatile region. US President Barack Obama's decision to postpone a Congressional vote on military intervention is, therefore, welcome. Notwithstanding the chemical weapons attack near Damascus last month, there doesn't appear to be any good option when it comes to picking sides in Syria. Bashar al-Assad's regime has massacred Syrian citizens. But the dominant rebels are affiliated to al-Qaeda.
Russia's proposal that Syria transfer its chemical weapons arsenal to international control, and eventually have it destroyed, appears to be the only hope for a diplomatic solution. Obama himself has chosen to try the option, and the fact that the Assad regime finally admitted on Tuesday to possessing chemical weapons is a sign of progress. The international community, including India, has supported the Russian proposal.