US, Russia agree on framework to secure Syria chemical weapons

US, Russia agree on framework to secure Syria chemical weapons

US, Russia agree on framework to secure Syria chemical weapons

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Associated Press

Posted on September 14, 2013 at 6:32 AM

Updated Sunday, Sep 15 at 10:01 AM

GENEVA (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (SEHR'-gay LAHV'-rahf) say they have reached agreement on a framework for Syria to destroy all of its chemical weapons.

The announcement comes on the third day of intense negotiations in Geneva. The deal includes what Kerry called "a shared assessment" of Syria's weapons stockpile, and a timetable and measures for Assad's government to comply.

It gives Syria one week, until Sept. 21, to submit "a comprehensive listing" of all its chemical weapons stockpiles. It calls for international inspectors to be on the ground in Syria by November and to complete their initial work by the end of that month.

All of Syria's chemical weapons stocks, material and equipment would have to be destroyed or removed by mid-2014.

The U.S. and Russia would work together on a new, binding Security Council resolution that would allow punitive measures if Syria's government fails to comply. The punitive measures include sanctions but stop short of military action.

U.S. officials say President Barack Obama would retain the authority to order U.S. airstrikes against Syria.

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135-a-10-(Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (SEHR'-gay LAHV'-rahf), with translator, at news conference)-"front of us"-Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says the agreement on Syria's chemical weapons transfer is a result of a close cooperation between the U.S. and Russia. (14 Sep 2013)

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136-a-13-(Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (SEHR'-gay LAHV'-rahf), with translator, at news conference)-"the United Nations"-Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says he expects full compliance from the Syrian regime. ((note audio quality)) (14 Sep 2013)

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133-a-12-(Secretary of State John Kerry, at news conference)-"never stopped talking"-Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. and Russia have consistently worked together to deal with issues despite differences. (14 Sep 2013)

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131-a-12-(Secretary of State John Kerry, at news conference)-"is always true"-Secretary of State John Kerry says there will be consequences if Syria fails to hand over its chemical weapons. (14 Sep 2013)

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APPHOTO GE305: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, right, hold a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland, Saturday Sept. 14, 2013. U.S. Secretary of State Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said Saturday they have reached an agreement on a framework for Syria to destroy all of its chemical weapons, and would seek a U.N. Security Council resolution that could authorize sanctions, short of military action, if Syrian President Bashar Assad's government fails to comply. (AP Photo/Keystone,Martial Trezzini) (14 Sep 2013)

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