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Local Syrian weighs in on potential diplomatic deal

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Updated: 9/10/2013 8:46 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A last-minute twist in the debate over Syria could force a diplomatic solution that could mean avoiding U.S. military action.

Many local Syrians, like Father Mouris Amsih, were on the side of diplomacy from day one.

"That miracle thing yesterday. Not just me but all the world prayed deeply from their heart," said Amsih.

Amsih runs Mother of God Zunoro Syrian Orthodox Church. He says about 100 Syrian families pack the pews every week to pray for an end to violence in the Middle East.

The conflict in Syria is personal to Amsih. He still has family living in the region.

"We believe in peace, we need the peace. We ask the king of peace to put his peace in the world," said Amsih.

After more than a week of threats to take military action against the Assad regime, the first possibility of a diplomatic solution was introduced by Russia.

The option would require Syria to give up their chemical weapons arsenal and hand it over to international control.

According to former Ambassador
to the United Nations Nancy Soderberg, this is a positive sign but won't solve everything.

"How do you resolve the issues beyond the chemical weapons? This is a raging civil war that's killed over 100,000 people. Whether
or not the issue of chemical weapons is resolved,  the underlying problem remains," said Soderberg.

The Senate was expected to vote on a resolution to authorize military action on Wednesday. That vote has now been delayed.

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