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Kerry, Lavrov: Syria to Give Up the Stash in 1 Week—Maybe

John Kerry's remarks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov after their meeting, at the Intercontinental Hotel, Geneva, Switzerland, September 14, 2013.
Secretary Kerry shaking hands with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov (sitting), after the two have finalized an agreement on Syria in Geneva, Switzerland, September 14, 2013.

Secretary Kerry shaking hands with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov (sitting), after the two have finalized an agreement on Syria in Geneva, Switzerland, September 14, 2013.
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Choice Quotes

Kerry: We agreed that Syria must submit, within a week – not in 30 days, but in one week – a comprehensive listing.

Lavrov: Of course, in these approaches agreed on, there is nothing said about the use of force, not about any automatic sanctions we – as I said, all violations should be approved in the Security Council convincingly.

Kerry: I purposefully made the statements that I made in London, and I did indeed say it was impossible and he won’t do it, even as I hoped it would be possible and wanted him to do it. And the language of diplomacy sometimes requires that you put things to the test, and we did.

Lavrov: There were countries who were ready to pay for the war, and I’m sure that there will be such countries, perhaps not the same countries, who will be ready to finance the peaceful solution of the problem.

Secretary Kerry: Well, thank you very much for your patience, not just this morning, but over the last couple of days. We’re very appreciative and particularly grateful to Sergey Lavrov, who stayed extra time from what he had originally planned, hoping we’d finish sooner, and this gave us additional opportunity to be able to work through some of the issues…

…So let me just outline specifically where we are, and the steps that the United States and Russia have agreed to take under this framework.

First, the scope: We have reached a shared assessment of the amount and type of chemical weapons possessed by the Assad regime, and we are committed to the rapid assumption of control by the international community of those weapons.

Second, specific timelines: The United States and Russia are committed to the elimination of Syrian chemical weapons in the soonest and safest manner. We agreed that Syria must submit, within a week – not in 30 days, but in one week – a comprehensive listing. And additional details will be addressed regarding that in the coming days.

Third, the unprecedented use of Chemical Weapons Convention procedures is an important component of this framework. We have committed to use extraordinary procedures under the Chemical Weapons Convention for the expeditious destruction and stringent verification of Syrian chemical weapons.

Fourth, verification and monitoring: In the interest of accountability, the United States and Russia have agreed that the Syrians must provide the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons and supporting personnel with an immediate and unfettered right to inspect any and all sites in Syria.

Fifth, destruction: We have agreed to destroy all chemical weapons, including the possibility of removing weapons for destruction outside of Syria. We have also reached a side agreement on methodology.

Fifth, finally, consequences – sixth, excuse me: Our agreement today strengthens the OPCW – the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons Executive Council decision to use the Chemical Weapons Convention extraordinary procedures in order to ensure full implementation. It also provides for UN administrative and logistical support to the OPCW for inspections and destruction. In the event of noncompliance, we have committed to impose measures under Chapter 7 within the UN Security Council.

Ultimately, perhaps more so than anywhere in the world, actions will matter more than words. In the case of the Assad regime, President Reagan’s old adage about “Trust but verify” – “Doveryai no proveryai,” I think, is the saying – that is in need of an update. And we have committed here to a standard that says, “Verify and verify.”

But I also want to be clear about the endgame here. If we can join together and make this framework a success and eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons, we would not only save lives, but we would reduce the threat to the region, and reinforce an international standard, an international norm. We could also lay the groundwork for further cooperation that is essential to end the bloodshed that has consumed Syria for more than two years…

Foreign Minister Lavrov: (Via interpreter) …I just want to state that it’s a decision based on a consensus and a compromise and professionalism. And we have achieved an aim that we had in front of us, in front of our presidents when they talked on the 5th of September, on Friday, in the margins of the G-20 in St. Petersburg, and that later was announced, just not long ago, on the 8th of September, in – on Monday, and the aim is to resolve the solution to put under international control the arsenals of chemical weapons in Syria.

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10 Responses to “Kerry, Lavrov: Syria to Give Up the Stash in 1 Week—Maybe”

  1. Shemayah Shiloh Phillips says:

    Maybe.

  2. So Russia with the one hand tries to make a deal so the west won’t bomb Assad and while people try to get on board with them, they stab the west in the back by making a deal with Iran to supply S-300‘s. The issue is that they are forgetting that if Russia starts to send S-300‘s to Iran; Israel at the very least will likely attack the shipments. It’s not just the US that won’t like that sale. That could be the trigger that sets this whole thing off and in a big way. Russia simply should not take this action, BUT they are and I really doubt that they will pull back from it. The clock is ticking down in the Middle East. It just seems that we have no shortage of bad decisions built upon the dried bones of former bad decisions. As Iran looks to avoid getting their nuclear program bombed, they buy weapons that will almost certainly result in military conflict, and Russia who people just stated were brilliant political chess players just turned over the chess board. Perhaps the players don’t understand that this is NOT a game of chess! I wrote a small 6 page book that outlines what I believe the Bible states will take place soon as well as the potential trends I see at this time. I don’t accept donations and it’s free. It’s a short read. I encourage you to have a look: http://www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next

  3. Sarah Ron says:

    Kerry and Putin also working on a deal to send Miley Cyrus and her wrecking ball over to Free Pussy Riot Now! (Putin, fear no art.)

    .

  4. Sarah Ron says:

    Kerry and Putin also working on a deal to send Miley Cyrus and her wrecking ball over to Free Pussy Riot Now! (Putin, fear no art.)

    .

  5. Before everyone gets so excited about the deal struck in regards to chemical weapons being surrendered, it may be worth remembering that there is no way to determine if the stash of weapons being surrendered is the entire arsenal of chemical weapons. In addition, nothing that I have seen convinces me that it was Assad who used the weapons and not one of the rebel groups. I would like to know why there wasn't an outcry after the thirteen other times chemical weapons were being used. In subcommittee hearings last week, Kerry claimed that the rebels were moderates but I have read reports that many of these people are connected to terrorist groups. Most strategists don't believe Obama's efforts of shooting missiles into Syria would have done anything in stopping chemical weapons from being used. What it would have had done is inflamed the situation, thereby increasing the possibility of retaliation and strikes against Israel. If the international community would have done something much earlier when the conflict first broke out, they could have gotten a handle on where the chemical weapons were located and what factions of groups were involved. In reality, what has really been accomplished. While these negotiations are taking place, we could be allowing the weapons to be dispersed. Perhaps if the United Nations and European Union spent more time in addressing the problems in Syria and less time condemning Israel about settlements and just about every other problem in the world, more prudent measures could have been taken and we wouldn't be facing the current problems.

  6. Before everyone gets so excited about the deal struck in regards to chemical weapons being surrendered, it may be worth remembering that there is no way to determine if the stash of weapons being surrendered is the entire arsenal of chemical weapons. In addition, nothing that I have seen convinces me that it was Assad who used the weapons and not one of the rebel groups. I would like to know why there wasn't an outcry after the thirteen other times chemical weapons were being used. In subcommittee hearings last week, Kerry claimed that the rebels were moderates but I have read reports that many of these people are connected to terrorist groups. Most strategists don't believe Obama's efforts of shooting missiles into Syria would have done anything in stopping chemical weapons from being used. What it would have had done is inflamed the situation, thereby increasing the possibility of retaliation and strikes against Israel. If the international community would have done something much earlier when the conflict first broke out, they could have gotten a handle on where the chemical weapons were located and what factions of groups were involved. In reality, what has really been accomplished. While these negotiations are taking place, we could be allowing the weapons to be dispersed. Perhaps if the United Nations and European Union spent more time in addressing the problems in Syria and less time condemning Israel about settlements and just about every other problem in the world, more prudent measures could have been taken and we wouldn't be facing the current problems.

  7. Kerry go home and tell Obama is to late, now Assad is moving the chemical weapons to the civilian areas, civilians moving to strategic military places, the civilians will be human shields, if there is a US light attack, there would be many but many civilians dead and worst the chemical weapons bombed, which dead gasses wil expand to Lebanon, Turkey, Irak, Jordan, Israel, this are the neighbor countries, what about Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Emirates, Qatar, etc:, this could the greatest human catastrophe of all times, not to say how much deads, the best is that the US should not get involved to the Syrian civil war, let them kill each other: sunnies, shiites, Hezbollah, Al Qaeda, etc:.

  8. Yechiel Baum says:

    WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
    "RETURN TO SENDER" ????

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