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Syria to Handover Chemical Weapons to International Control
Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday that if President Bashar al-Assad wants to avert an attack on Syria he should hand over all of his chemical weapons within one week. Russia, the Syrian government's most important backer, quickly welcomed the idea.
After discussing various pros and cons with the visiting Syrian Foreign Minister ,Russia requested Damascus to hand over chemical weapons to international control , a suggestion to which Syria has agreed .
Following the show of solid public support to Syria by a determined Putin , after Moscow had further strengthened its naval presence near Syria in Eastern Mediterranean , where it has a naval base at Tartus and continued sending arms specially missiles ,any attack and response could lead to a catastrophe if not WWIII.
( Author; I would not be surprised if some indirect talks had not taken place between USA and Russia .Obama and his advisers have made a fool of themselves .And what about hundreds of Israeli nukes! )
Responding to Kerry, Russia Urges Syria to Cede Arsenal
Asked if there were steps the Syrian president could take to avert an American-led attack, Mr. Kerry said, "Sure, he could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week — turn it over, all of it, without delay and allow the full and total accounting."
While there is no indication that Mr. Kerry was searching for a political settlement to the Syrian crisis, Moscow's reaction appeared to represent the first possible point of agreement between Russia and the United States over how to address the chemical weapons issue that has grown out of the Syrian conflict, now well into its third year.
In a joint news conference with William Hague, Britain's foreign secretary, Mr. Kerry also sought to downplay the magnitude of any American military strike directed at the forces of President Assad.
"We will be able to hold Bashar al-Assad accountable without engaging in troops on the ground or any other prolonged kind of effort in a very limited, very targeted, very short-term effort that degrades his capacity to deliver chemical weapons without assuming responsibility for Syria's civil war," Mr. Kerry said "That is exactly what we are talking about doing — unbelievably small, limited kind of effort."
In Moscow, Russia's foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, said in response to Mr. Kerry's remarks that Russia would join any effort to put Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons under international control and ultimately destroy them.
Mr. Lavrov appeared at a previously unscheduled briefing only hours after Mr. Kerry made his statement in London. Although Mr. Kerry appeared to treat the idea that Syria would give up its stockpile as improbable, Mr. Lavrov seized on it as a possible compromise that Russia was prepared to propose to the Syrians.
"We don't know whether Syria will agree with this, but if the establishment of international control over chemical weapons in the country will prevent attacks, then we will immediately begin work with Damascus," Mr. Lavrov said at the Foreign Ministry. "And we call on the Syrian leadership to not only agree to setting the chemical weapons storage sites under international control, but also to their subsequent destruction."
Mr. Lavrov met Syria's foreign minister, Walid al-Moallem, in Moscow only moments before Mr. Kerry spoke in London, and during a joint appearance at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, both ministers excoriated the United States for rushing to launch military strikes.
But the shift in tone between Mr. Lavrov's two appearances was striking. Mr. Lavrov said he made the proposal to put Syria's weapons under international control directly to Mr. Moallem, who remained in Moscow, but it was not immediately clear how the Syrian government might respond.
Mr. Lavrov went into more detail than Mr. Kerry's suggestion — which Mr. Kerry's own spokeswoman described as a rhetorical exercise rather than a proposal.
Mr. Lavrov said Russia was proposing that Syria join the international Convention on Chemical Weapons, which bars the manufacture, stockpiling and use of poison gas.
Syria is one of seven nations that have not signed the treaty, the others being Angola, Egypt, Israel, Myanmar, North Korea and South Sudan. "We are counting on a quick, and I hope, positive answer," Mr. Lavrov said Monday evening as Mr. Kerry flew back to Washington to attend briefings on Capitol Hill intended to build support for a military response to Syria's use of the weapon.
Publicly, the Syrian government, which is known to have amassed an enormous stockpile of chemical arms, has neither confirmed nor denied possessing them.
Mr. Kerry said his suggestion was more of a debating point than a serious ultimatum. He added that he did not believe Mr. Assad would take such action, and expressed doubt about whether it was even feasible as a civil war rages in Syria. "But he isn't about to do it, and it can't be done," Mr. Kerry said.
"Secretary Kerry was making a rhetorical argument about the impossibility and unlikelihood of Assad turning over chemical weapons he has denied he used," Jen Psaki, the State Department spokeswoman, said in an e-mail to reporters after Mr. Kerry's comments. "His point was that this brutal dictator with a history of playing fast and loose with the facts cannot be trusted to turn over chemical weapons, otherwise he would have done so long ago. That's why the world faces this moment."
Obama administration officials have discussed the idea of presenting Mr. Assad with an ultimatum. But officials are wary of giving the Syrian leader an opportunity to play for time, and carrying out inspections to make sure the Syrian government has not retained hidden stocks of poison gas as fighting rages appeared to be a near impossibility.
For Mr. Hague, whose government has already ruled out participation in a military strike on Syria in deference to Parliamentary opposition, the meeting with Mr. Kerry was nonetheless an opportunity to affirm British support for the United States, is most important ally.
"Our government supports the objective of ensuring that there can be no impunity for the first use of chemical warfare in the 21st century," Mr. Hague said in his joint appearance with Mr. Kerry. "As an international community we must deter further attacks and hold those responsible for them accountable.."
Mr. Hague also said: "We admire the leadership of President Obama and Secretary Kerry himself, in making this case so powerfully to the world."
Mr. Kerry said that Mr. Assad's claims that he was not responsible for the chemical attack on Aug. 21 that provoked an international crisis over whether to launch punitive military strikes were not credible because Syria's arsenal of poison gas is tightly controlled.
Mr. Kerry said that three senior officials in the Syrian government have held control over the nation's chemical weapons stocks and their use: Mr. Assad, his brother Maher and a senior general.
Mr. Kerry said that "high level" members of the government gave the instructions to use chemical weapons in the Aug. 21 attack near Damascus "with the results going directly to President Assad."
When asked if the White House would consider making public additional intelligence to counter Mr. Assad's claims that he had nothing to do with the attack, like physical samples that documented the use of sarin gas produced by the Syrian government, Mr. Kerry said that he did not know what President Obama would decide.
But he asserted that the Obama administration had already made available copious amounts of intelligence, and that the case against Mr. Assad was airtight.
In a discussion on Sunday with Charlie Rose, an American television interviewer, Mr. Assad asserted that Mr. Kerry had lied about the intelligence, drawing an analogy to the presentation that Colin Powell made to the United Nations about Iraq in 2003. Mr. Kerry appeared unruffled by that allegation and recalled that his own experience in dealing with Mr. Assad as a senator had convinced him that the Syrian leader could not be trusted.
In early 2009, Mr. Kerry met with Mr. Assad in Damascus to explore the possibility of improving relations between the United States and Syria. Mr. Kerry said that he confronted Mr. Assad about intelligence confirming that Syria had transferred Scud missiles to Hezbollah.
Mr. Kerry said that Mr. Assad had "denied it to my face," adding, "This is a man without credibility."
Repeating a point he has stressed throughout his four days of discussions with European allies, Mr. Kerry said that if an attack was carried out, it would be limited in scope and duration, would not involve ground troops, and would not drag the United States and its allies into a prolonged conflict. He emphasized that it would be nothing like the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the NATO bombing of Kosovo or the intervention in Libya.
Mr. Kerry's meeting with Mr. Hague came less than two weeks after the British Parliament rejected a role for British forces in any American-led attack.
That decision has allowed France to displace Britain as the United States' principal ally if a military strike is carried out, and has prompted commentators to question the durability of the "special relationship" between London and Washington.
Mr. Kerry and Mr. Hague sought to counter the notion that the parliamentary vote, which stunned Obama administration officials and was quickly followed by Mr. Obama's decision to delay a potential strike against the Syrian government and seek Congressional approval, had dealt a serious blow to American-British relations.
Citing common views on trade and climate change, Mr. Kerry stressed that American and British relations were about "values." At one point, Mr. Kerry referred to the number of Americans who worked for British companies as a sign that ties between the two countries were durable — a point that an American official would not have needed to make just a few weeks ago.
Mr. Hague made similar comments about the deep bonds between the two countries.
One purpose of Mr. Kerry's trip has been to solicit foreign support for an American-led attack, which might be used to try to sway Congress. Mr. Kerry's London visit was his last stop, and he is flying back to Washington, where he will immediately head to Capitol Hill to assist the administration's push for Congressional backing.
Mr. Kerry is scheduled to join other senior administration officials at a Monday briefing for lawmakers.
Having been rebuffed by his own Parliament, however, Mr. Hague was not able to provide much more than moral support.
Asked what steps Britain might take on Syria now that Parliament has blocked military action, Mr. Hague suggested that the British government might increase the amount of nonlethal assistance it provides to the Syrian opposition, like protective equipment against chemical weapons attacks. He also said that Britain would be active diplomatically and would press to see that humanitarian aid got through to the Syrians who needed it.
(Michael R. Gordon reported from London, and Steven Lee Myers from Moscow. Rick Gladstone contributed reporting from New York)
Russia urges Syria hand over chemical weapons to intl control to avoid strike
September 09, 2013
Russia has urged Syria to put its chemical weapons under international control for subsequent destruction to avert a possible military strike.
"We are calling on the Syrian authorities not only agree on putting chemical weapons storages under international control, but also for its further destruction and then joining the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons," Lavrov said. "We have passed our offer to [Syrian Foreign Minister] Walid al-Muallem and hope to receive a fast and positive answer," he added.
It is unclear if Syria will support the offer, but if it helps to avoid a military strike, Russia is immediately prepared to work with Damascus, Lavrov said.
The Foreign Minister's statement comes shortly after US Secretary of State John Kerry's comment that the Syrian President "could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community" to avoid a military strike on the country.
"Sure, he could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week - turn it over, all of it without delay and allow the full and total accounting [of it[, but he isn't about to do it and it can't be done," Kerry said.
Following Kerry's statement, a US State Department spokeswoman clarified that "Secretary Kerry was making a rhetorical argument about the impossibility and unlikelihood of Assad turning over chemical weapons".
"His [Kerry's[ point was that this brutal dictator with a history of playing fast and loose with the facts cannot be trusted to turn over chemical weapons, otherwise he would have done so long ago. That's why the world faces this moment," the spokeswoman said.
The Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said that Damascus was ready for "full cooperation with Russia to remove any pretext for aggression."
The Russian and Syrian Foreign Ministers met in Moscow on Monday.
Syria welcomes Russia's offer to put its chemical weapons under intl control
Damascus welcomes Russia's call to hand control over its chemical weapons to the international community, the Syrian Foreign Minister said responding to Sergey Lavrov's statement after the two met in the Russian capital.
"Syria Arab Republic welcomes Russia's initiative, based on the Syrian's government care about the lives of our people and security of our country," Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said in response to the statement by his Russian counterpart.
"We are calling on the Syrian authorities not only agree on putting chemical weapons storages under international control, but also for its further destruction and then joining the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons," Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said earlier.
Britain has responded to the Russia-Syria dialogue, saying that the chemical weapons handover idea for Syria must not be used as a "distraction tactic".
"If Syria were to put its chemical weapons beyond use under international supervision clearly that would be a big step forward," Cameron told parliament. "We have to be careful though to make sure this is not a distraction tactic to discuss something else rather than the problem on the table."