Europe urges US to delay action on Syria until UN findings' ready
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) - European foreign ministers on Saturday endorsed a "clear and strong response" to a chemical weapons attack that strongly points to the Syrian government, but they urged the US to delay possible military action until UN inspectors report their findings.
French President Francois Hollande displayed sudden caution on Friday, saying for the first time that he would wait for the UN report before deciding whether to intervene militarily.
US Secretary of State John Kerry, trying to make the Obama administration's case for a strike, thanked the European Union for a "strong statement about the need for accountability", although he failed to convince the leaders of the urgency to act.
A senior State Department official who attended Mr Kerry's meeting with the ministers said Mr Kerry made clear that the US has not made any decision to wait. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to disclose details about the private meeting.