GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — Sunday, officials from the United States and Russian Governments came to an agreement that will force the Syrian’s to produce an extensive and complete list of their chemical weapons stockpile to the international community.
“Diplomacy requires willing partners”, said Sen. John Kerry, thanking Russian President Putin after the two countries agreed on a new timeline. Although some say the Syrian’s won’t make the deadline whether by choice or not, prompting a future U.S. strike.
While it looks as if the Syrian Government is doing everything in its power to maintain innocence, the opposition is making waves.
CNN Staff reported, “The Syrian regime recently created the “national reconciliation” post to send a message that it wants to end the brutal violence that has led to more than 100,000 deaths, according to U.N. estimates.
The opposition ridiculed the post as mere window dressing. Haidar is not part of President Bashar al-Assad’s inner circle and does not speak for the entire regime.
And in Israel, where he met Sunday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters that “the threat of force remains” to make sure Syria follows through with the agreement.”
The truth of the matter is, millions and millions of dollars have already been spent positioning allied military forces as some see the writing is clearly on the wall.
“The U.S. and Russia are committed to the elimination of Syrian chemical weapons in the soonest and safest manner. We agreed that Syria must submit a list of its chemical weapons in one week, not thirty days”, stated Kerry from Geneva, reenforcing the timeline which will likely become an issue down the road.
Kerry also called for the “expeditious destruction and stringent verification of syrian chemical weapons” before the community. Kerry went on, in the “interest of accountability” the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will need the ”immediate and unfeathered right to inspect any and all sites in Syria” as the talks and procedures move forth.
As of now it’s planned that the OPCW will be in charge of future inspections. “In the event of non-compliance…. actions will speak more than words”, Kerry stated.
Kerry also said that an agreement has been made by the international community to destroy any and all chemical weapons found.
NYTimes.com reported, “An American official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity under State Department protocol, said the United States and Russia had agreed that Syria has 1,000 tons of chemical weapons, including sarin and mustard gas.
The United States believes at least 45 sites in Syria are associated with its chemical weapons program. Nearly half of these have “exploitable quantities” of chemical weapons, though the American official said the Assad government may have moved some of the agents.
The American official said there was no indication that any of Syria’s chemical stocks had been moved to Iraq or Lebanon, as the Syrian opposition had charged. “We believe they are under regime control,” the official said.”“I also want to be clear about the endgame here”, Kerry said, this agreement can become an “international standard” or an “international norm”.
Opponents of war are still leery of the new deal ambitious which calls for the removal of all chemical weapons from Syria by 2014.