Syria: Political stalemate threatens ...

Syria: Political stalemate threatens chemical weapons removal

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#1 Sep 12, 2013
Syria: Political stalemate threatens chemical weapons removal
September 11, 2013 | 7:44PM ET
With world leaders divided over course of action on chemical weapons, civil war rages on

As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov prepare to meet in Geneva on Thursday, hoping to find a diplomatic path to avoiding military intervention in the Syrian civil war, a messy and complicated political stalemate could be looming.

Russia has rejected U.S. and French demands for a binding U.N. resolution that would put Syriaís chemical weapons under international control -- an idea proposed by Russia -- and condemn their use by Syrian President Bashar al-Assadís forces, with "very severe consequences" for Syrian non-compliance.

And in Damascus, a senior government official said the Russian proposal is a "broad headline" that still needs to be developed. He said Syria was ready to sign a chemical weapons convention, but not if such a move is forced by foreign powers.

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