Talks continue over the use of chemical weapons in Syria, Illinois lawmakers weigh in

By Mark Bullion

September 12, 2013 Updated Sep 13, 2013 at 11:00 AM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Illinois lawmakers say that diplomacy is key when it comes to resolving the issue of chemical weapons in Syria.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says the situation must be resolved in a diplomatic fashion without military force and without the risk of another war.

That's why Secretary of State John Kerry has been involved in talks in Geneva, Switzerland with Russia's foreign minister in hopes of coming up with a solution to ending Syria's use of chemical weapons.

"This never would have happened if President Obama hadn't stepped up and said August 21st is unacceptable in Damascus, Syria. Civilized nations have to respond. His leadership brought us to this moment for a diplomatic opportunity," said U.S. Senator Dick Durbin.

"Not since World War I has American troops been the subject of chemical warfare and it's because the international community, not just the United States, established the precedent that it will not be tolerated and the international community will respond," 18th District Congressman Aaron Schock said.

Diplomatic talks are expected to resume Friday in hopes of dismantling Syria's arsenal of chemical weapons.

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