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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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And today, I think in record times, we have an agreed proposal. I would like to state that this is a proposal that should gain – judicial form, a low form, but we cannot overestimate it.

I would like to thank all our American partners, especially John Kerry, for a constructive work in the course of which we could – the rhetoric that was not related to the – our negotiations, and to concrete – on the professionalism and to put under international control of the Syrian chemical weapons arsenal, and for the furtherance of its destruction.

And the parting point was the decision of Damascus to join the OPC – the Convention on Chemical Weapons and the readiness of Damascus to be committed – its obligations to the formal entering into force of this convention after 30 days. And this convention and the obligations by the Damascus – will start implementing its obligations much in advance. We have agreed on the mutual steps that our delegations are going to do in – within the organization, OPCW, according to the procedures of it are enlisted in the CWC, that permit operatively and without any delays, without any difficulties, to resolve the objectives of destruction of chemical arsenals.

We hope that the members of the Executive Committee of the OPCW will share our approaches, the Russian approaches and the American approaches, and to adopt a decision on measures about the chemical weapons in Syria…

…And 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. And we understand the decisions that we have reached today is only the beginning of the road. And I have said about it, this fact, to a complete resolution of the objective to put under control and elimination and destruction of the chemical weapons in Syrian Arab Republic…

Moderator: The first question will come from Anne Gearan of The Washington Post.

Question: …Minister Lavrov, if I could beg your indulgence to please give at least part of your answer in English, could we get a couple of specifics, please? When is the first inspection? Is there a deadline for that and for further action? I heard you say, Secretary Kerry, that it would be as soon as safely possible. But what’s your idea of the view of when that might be?

And, separately, can you reconcile what I thought I heard you say, Secretary Kerry, about a Chapter 7 resolution with what Minister Lavrov said about taking this – that this removes the threat of the use of force? Is the threat of the use of force within the Security Council still an option here? And is U.S. military action separate from that still an option? Thank you very much.

Foreign Minister Lavrov: (Via interpreter) As for the question that you posed to me, I hope that the interpreters who are working here – they are highly – the interpreters are of high level. Therefore, I will continue to speak Russian.

I would emphasize once again that the documents that you will see for yourself, you will be – we will have this opportunity to read the documents, and they do not need any additional interpretations. Everything is clear in these documents. And these documents cannot – the documents of direct effect – these are Russian and American proposals, and they should be considered first and first of all in the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. After this organization and its executive council adopt corresponding decisions, we will tell you exactly when the first inspection will start, and when these inspections will end. In these documents that will be distributed today, you will see those terms that our experts consider reasonable and simultaneously expeditious that would allow – professionally ensure security of the process of placing under control and elimination of the Syrian chemical weapons…

…Of course, it does not mean that every violation that will be reported to the Security Council will be taken by word. Of course, we will investigate every case, because there are a lot of false information, pieces of information in the world, and we should be very cautious about every fact. And when we are sure, 100 percent, then we in the Russian Federation will be ready to adopt new resolution of the Security Council to embed the measures to punish the perpetrators of this violation, and it’s nonsense to continue the speculations on the matter today.

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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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