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Kerry says no decision yet on whether to seek U.N. Syria vote

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday that the United States will consider the possibility of returning to the United Nations Security Council before taking any action on Syria once a report by U.N. inspectors is finalized.

During a Paris-based news conference, Kerry said U.S. President Barack Obama has made no decision yet on the issue.

Kerry hinted that Arab states are seeking a tough response against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

After meeting key Arab ministers, he said they were leaning towards supporting a G-20 statement that called for a strong international response following an Aug. 21 chemical attack in Syria.

The meeting included ministers from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, following talks in Lithuania with European foreign ministers who blamed the attack in Syria on Assad but refused to endorse military action.

“All of us agreed - not one dissenter - that Assad's deplorable use of chemical weapons, which we know killed hundreds of innocent people... this crosses an international, global red line,” said Kerry alongside his Qatari counterpart Khaled al-Attiya.

Attiya said that Qatar is studying with its allies and the U.N. what could it possibly do to “protect Syrian people,” according to statements quoted by Reuters.

However the Qatari minister did not provide more details.

(With Reuters)