Kerry Team Pushes to Build on Syria Disarmament Plan

Global Security Newswire Staff
Add to Briefcase
See more stories about...
Global Security Newswire Staff
Sept. 12, 2013, 8:02 a.m.

De­vel­op­ing a thor­ough plan to elim­in­ate the Syr­i­an gov­ern­ment’s chem­ic­al arms is the fo­cus of arms-con­trol ex­perts ac­com­pa­ny­ing U.S. Sec­ret­ary of State John Kerry for talks sched­uled to start on Thursday with Rus­sia, Re­u­ters re­por­ted.

A high-level State De­part­ment in­sider said the two coun­tries were ex­pec­ted to ex­am­ine over­laps and dis­tinc­tions in their re­spect­ive in­tel­li­gence on Syr­ia’s “chem­ic­al weapons stock­piles,… pro­duc­tion fa­cil­it­ies, pre­curs­or chem­ic­als and [any] mu­ni­tions that are used to spread those chem­ic­al weapons,” the New York Times re­por­ted.

En­sur­ing the safety of any chem­ic­al-arms mon­it­ors in the war-torn Middle East­ern coun­try is one prac­tic­al con­sid­er­a­tion that ne­go­ti­at­ors would con­sider in Geneva, Switzer­land. Their dis­cus­sions might con­tin­ue through Sat­urday.

Mo­scow has sent Wash­ing­ton its pro­pos­al for hand­ling the weapons, the Lon­don Tele­graph said, cit­ing Rus­si­an press re­ports from Wed­nes­day.

A Rus­si­an dip­lo­mat­ic in­sider said the plan calls for Syr­ia ini­tially to ac­cede to an in­ter­na­tion­al chem­ic­al-weapons ban, the Rus­si­an news­pa­per Kom­mersant re­por­ted, ac­cord­ing to the Tele­graph. Dam­as­cus sub­sequently would dis­close its chem­ic­al-arms man­u­fac­tur­ing and hold­ing sites, which aud­it­ors then would vis­it, the source ad­ded. A deal would fol­low to es­tab­lish ex­act mech­an­isms for elim­in­at­ing the stocks, the un­named of­fi­cial said.

The Rus­si­an en­voy sug­ges­ted Wash­ing­ton and Mo­scow could jointly handle the Syr­i­an ar­sen­al un­der the aus­pices of the Nunn-Lugar Co­oper­at­ive Threat Re­duc­tion ini­ti­at­ive.

“We have seen more co­oper­a­tion and help­ful activ­ity on this mat­ter from the Rus­si­ans in the last two days than we’ve seen in the last two years,” White House spokes­man Jay Car­ney said in a Wed­nes­day press brief­ing. “The pro­pos­al they put for­ward is very spe­cif­ic; Syr­ia’s re­ac­tion to it changes the po­s­i­tion they’ve held for years and is a total about-face from the po­s­i­tion Bashar [As­sad] held three days ago. And that is sig­ni­fic­ant.”

What We're Following See More »
THE PLAN ALL ALONG?
Manchin Drops Objections, Clearing Way for Spending Deal
12 hours ago
THE LATEST

"The Senate standstill over a stopgap spending bill appeared headed toward a resolution on Friday night. Senators who were holding up the measure said votes are expected later in the evening. West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin had raised objections to the continuing resolution because it did not include a full year's extension of retired coal miners' health benefits," but Manchin "said he and other coal state Democrats agreed with Senate Democratic leaders during a caucus meeting Thursday that they would not block the continuing resolution, but rather use the shutdown threat as a way to highlight the health care and pension needs of the miners."

Source:
UNCLEAR WHAT CAUSED CHANGE OF HEART
Giuliani Out of Running For State
14 hours ago
BREAKING

Donald Trump transition team announced Friday afternoon that top supporter Rudy Giuliani has taken himself out of the running to be in Trump's cabinet, though CNN previously reported that it was Trump who informed the former New York City mayor that he would not be receiving a slot. While the field had seemingly been narrowed last week, it appears to be wide open once again, with ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson the current favorite.

Source:
ALSO VICE-CHAIR OF TRUMP’S TRANSITION TEAM
Trump Taps Rep. McMorris Rodgers for Interior Secretary
20 hours ago
BREAKING
SHUTDOWN LOOMING
House Approves Spending Bill
1 days ago
BREAKING

The House has completed it's business for 2016 by passing a spending bill which will keep the government funded through April 28. The final vote tally was 326-96. The bill's standing in the Senate is a bit tenuous at the moment, as a trio of Democratic Senators have pledged to block the bill unless coal miners get a permanent extension on retirement and health benefits. The government runs out of money on Friday night.

HEADS TO OBAMA
Senate Approves Defense Bill
1 days ago
THE LATEST

The Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act today, sending the $618 billion measure to President Obama. The president vetoed the defense authorization bill a year ago, but both houses could override his disapproval this time around.

Source:
×
×

Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.

Login