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NH Delegation Shows Mix Of Doubt, Hope On Syria Following Obama Speech

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File photo of President Barack Obama. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

File photo of President Barack Obama. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s congressional delegation is expressing a mix of doubt and hope on resolving the crisis in Syria following President Barack Obama’s address to the nation.

Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte said Tuesday night she’s skeptical of the credibility of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar Assad and the ability of the United Nations to execute a plan for Syria to relinquish its chemical weapons.

But, “if we’re successful in getting the Assad regime to turn over its chemical weapons to the international community with appropriate verification, that would make the world safer,” she said.

Democratic Reps. Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster expressed hope that a diplomatic resolution can be reached in Syria. Kuster said she continues to have “very grave concerns” about the unintended consequences of possible U.S. military intervention.

Shea-Porter said, “I still do not believe that the tragedy in Syria represents an imminent threat to our national security.”

Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said immediate, serious and credible action is needed from Russia and Syria. She said she is working with colleagues on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on an amendment to give diplomacy a chance to work, but to also pressure the Syrians to “take concrete steps” toward the transfer of chemical weapons to international control.

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