International community expresses caution over U.S.-Russian deal on Syria
Saturday, September 14, 2013 - 01:40
Sept. 14 - After the U.S. and Russia revealed details of its plan to get chemical weapons out of Syria, some of the international community urge caution in following through. Nathan Frandino reports.
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As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov celebrate their new proposal on eliminating Syria's chemical weapons arsenal, not everyone is happy.
News of the agreement has spread quickly, prompting a number of reactions, including disappointment for the Syrian National Coalition Ambassador for Gulf Cooperation Council Countries, Adib Shishakli.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) SYRIAN NATIONAL COALITION AMBASSADOR FOR GULF COOPERATION COUNCIL (GCC) COUNTRIES, ADIB SHISHAKLI, SAYING:
"Any deal, or anything discussed between Russia and the U.S., it wasn't in coordination with the Syrian Coalition. Our view is this regime cannot be trusted."
The deal stipulates that Syria provide a list of its stockpiles within a week, U.N. inspectors be in Syria no later than November, and any weapons be completely destroyed by the middle of 2014.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said this week he would turn in information on his stockpiles in 30 days, an idea rejected by Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) CANADIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, JOHN BAIRD, SAYING:
"Assad asking for 30 days to get his house in order before he will turn over these weapons of mass destruction is ridiculous and absurd."
The proposal also prompted U.S. President Barack Obama to put a hold on plans for U.S. strikes in Syria in response to last month's chemical weapons attack.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes the deal.
(SOUNDBITE) GERMAN CHANCELLOR, ANGELA MERKEL, SAYING:
"It is good news for all of us and the European Union has supported this political process, therefore I am very glad to see a bit of hope."
Following Kerry and Lavrov's meeting, the White House released a statement, calling the proposal quote: "an important, concrete step" to gaining control of Syria's chemical weapons.
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