Monday, September 9, 2013

Settlement looms on horizon to avert possible U.S. war against Syria

A fresh settlement loomed on the horizon Monday that could stop the U.S. from unleashing a military strike against Syria: securing the chemical stockpiles of the Syrian administration under international observation.

The settlement came within several statements by Washington, Moscow and Damascus.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, while not making it an official offer, said Monday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could spare his country a U.S. military strike by surrendering all of his chemical weapons in a one-week time.

While the U.S. State Department said that Kerry was not making Assad an offer, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said his country will push Syria to place its chemical weapons under international control if such a move would help avert a possible U. S. strike against the Arab country.

Russia will start work "immediately" to persuade Damascus to positively respond, the Russian FM reportedly remarked.

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