US, Russia Strike Deal on Syria
Inspectors will see chemical stockpiles by November
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2013 6:07 AM CDT
Secretary of State John Kerry speaks next to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva on Thursday.   (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)

(Newser) – They've got a deal on Syria: John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have agreed on the broad strokes of a plan designed to culminate in the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons, reports Reuters. Under the deal, Bashar al-Assad will turn over a list of his chemical arsenal within a week, UN inspectors will be on the ground in Syria by November, and the weapons will start being destroyed next year, reports the Washington Post. All will be spelled out in a UN resolution that will call for some kind of penalties—perhaps sanctions, though not the use of force—if Syria doesn't comply.

“If fully implemented, this framework can provide greater protection and security to the world," said Kerry, who set off the US-Russian talks with a seemingly offhand comment on Monday. Asked then how Assad could avoid a military strike, Kerry responded, “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 a full and total accounting for that. But he isn’t about to do it, and it can’t be done, obviously.” Russia pounced on the opening, and Assad has agreed in principle.

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Mr.LarryG.
Sep 14, 2013 11:05 PM CDT
His critics fell into Obamas trap just like Assad,,,,he never wanted war, so he made threats,,,its called a tactic,,,,any tactic used to prevent war is certainly better than war itself,,,,
boss
Sep 14, 2013 2:17 PM CDT
No war? Check. Syria's chem weapons to be destroyed? Check. Obama and we win? Check
Doctor-Zaius
Sep 14, 2013 2:17 PM CDT
When he went to congress for authorization the Right Wing Whack-Tards simultaneously said he was going too far and not far enough. If Obama ordered military strikes the Right Wing Whack-Tards would call for impeachment while simultaneously supporting military action against Syria. If Obama went to the UN for sanctions the RWWT would call him weak. When the threat of military force brought Syria to the negotiation table the RWWT heaped all the praise on Putin in a painfully transparent attempt at painting this as some sort of failing by the Obama administration. If Obama walked on water the RWWT would say it was because he couldn't swim.