Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Discuss Syria Meeting

American-Russian counterparts discuss their interaction concerning chemical weapon use in Syria.
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Special report from -- -- Hello contact Hernandez in new York -- this is an ABC news digital special report crisis development in Geneva. Secretary of state John Kerry and the Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov -- city ready to discuss plans removed -- weapons from Syria. Pat Hurst and try to talk to press -- just getting started as -- news conference -- -- -- -- -- -- Negativity where is John -- and out occasions. Come as a parts you like -- and our list. You're tied to years. To do bad things. And grow harvest. To get down to embarrass you -- Of the market which is educated citizen -- that. Graham and -- -- -- violence and for Susan Paterson. And -- the hand. -- and Providence and with the issue and he has all the MC we don't think the convention -- chemical weapons content to imagine -- the company's -- that our nation of chemicals reference these documents are teacher and two boats. By Damascus to of the corresponding agencies -- have. To have a look at the corresponding documents that the participation -- experts. It kept all the qualifications and professions -- How else to business work -- officials don't -- postponed its current system means compliance means the rule listed are steadily -- organizational. -- creation of chemical weapons procedural problems of Baghdad this additional fees -- honored him. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- On anti Syrian Arab Republic -- I'm -- Comics as president Obama's eight. Firmly convinced that -- -- that the -- oath of office. And -- of the -- between Syria and that I should stay actively. -- as usual on by -- several times statements sneaking in Singapore -- and sounds of the Obafemi it facts that. Those kids ours and an additional opportunity. And even to an unreleased versions -- -- -- News -- -- today's occasion around these teams of maintenance and education and toads are great friends NN terrorism France's. Rich's ex -- opinions and soon land in the region after the sentencing and conferences -- this isn't your entries this Syrian. A -- arches that corner is picking contest is between. Eight when he came along the transition bodies and -- and all executive functions and social issues and pieces of our common objectives and -- it out -- -- -- -- mourning parent -- and -- and -- and anti union -- -- -- Mo -- to achieve this objective. Thank you for your tension. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- My privilege to be here with our delegation. And I want to thank you -- your delegation about all the people who hope that diplomacy. -- of -- military action and we thank you for coming quickly. To Geneva in order to have this important conversation we will engage and over one year ago President Obama out and President -- Directed a high level experts in our government -- -- our governments to work together to prepare contingencies. Involving. Serious chemical weapons. -- -- of -- profit have been in regular contact. About this issue. Since my visit to Moscow earlier this year. And -- foreign minister about -- and in a phone conversation. After Saint Petersburg in the meetings there. President Putin and President Obama and thought it would be worthwhile for us. To work together to determine if there is life. In this concept. This challenge obviously took -- grave urgency on August when he first. Win. The Syrian regime used chemical weapons of the -- and indiscriminate way against its own citizens. President Obama and dozens of our partners believe. That that action is unacceptable. And we have in no uncertain -- made it clear. That we cannot allow that to happen again. In light of what is. And the world. Wonders and watches closely. Whether or not -- Assad regime about its public commitments that it is -- To give up their chemical weapons and whether to the world's most powerful nations. Can together. Take a critical step forward in order to hold the regime to its stated promises. I have seen reports that the Syrian regime that suggested in this part of the standard process that ought to have thirty days to submit. Data on their technical. On their chemical weapons stockpile. We believe there is nothing standard. About this process -- this moment. Because of the way the -- misbehave because the the existence of these weapons that they have the news. And the words of the Syrian regime. In our judgment are simply not enough which is why we've come here in order to work -- it. The Russians. And work -- -- lot of profit his delegation here. In order to make certain that this -- in fact be achieved. The United States and Russia. Have had and continue to our share of disagreements about. The situation in Syria. Including a difference as to. The judgment we just offered with respect -- who may have done. But what's important as we come here is that there's much that we -- real. We agree that on August 21. Syria men women and children died grotesque deaths. Due to chemical weapons. We agree that no one anywhere at any time should employ chemical weapons. And we agree that are joining together with the international community. To eliminate stockpiles of these weapons in Syria. Would be -- historic moment for. The new multi lateral non proliferation. Efforts we agree on those things. We agree that it would help to save lives if we can accomplish this that it would reduce the threat to the region. That it would uphold the norm that was established here rigidity about almost a century ago. And that would achieve the best of our all of our aspirations. For curbing weapons of mass destruction. -- us a lot of -- and I have come to Geneva today. To begin to test these propositions not just -- each of our countries. But on behalf of everybody who was uninterested in a peaceful resolution. So I welcome. Distinguished Russian delegation. And I'm proud. President Obama's direction. We have a delegation here which -- -- of some of our nation's foremost. Chemical weapons experts. People who dedicate their lives every day to countering. The proliferation of these weapons. And to bringing about their eventual elimination. From this earth. The Russian delegation. Has put some ideas forward and we're grateful for that we respect it. And we have prepared our own principles that any plan to accomplish this needs to. Encompass. Expectations. Are high. There aren't for the United States. Perhaps even more so for -- to deliver. On the promise of this moment. This is not a game that sent that to my -- -- Saturday where we talked about it initially. It has to be -- It has to be comprehensive. It has to be verifiable. It has to be credible. It has to be timely. Implemented in a timely fashion. And finally there ought to be consequences. If it doesn't take place. Diplomacy. Is and always has been President Obama is and this administration's first resort. And achieving a peaceful resolution. Is clearly. Preferable to military action. Pres Obama has said that again and again. Now it's too early to tell whether or not these efforts we'll succeed but. The technical challenges. Tried to do this in the context of the civil war are obviously and -- But despite how difficult this is. With the collaboration of our experts. And only. With the compliance from the Assad regime. We do believe. There -- a way to get this. We have come here. To define a potential path forward. That we can share with our international partners. And together we will test the Assad regime's commitment to follow through on its promises. We are serious. Mr. prime minister that we are serious as you are. About engaging in substantive. Meaningful negotiations. Even as our military maintenance is clear posture. To keep up pressure on the Assad regime. Only the credible threat of force. An intervention. President Putin and Russia based on that. Has brought -- Assad regime to acknowledge for the first time. That it even -- chemical weapons arsenal. And that is now prepared to relinquish it. President Obama has made clear that should diplomacy fail. Worst might be necessary treatment of terror and -- -- its capacity to deliver these weapons of won't get rid of them. But it could change his willingness to use. The best thing to do we agree is remove them all together. Our challenge here in Geneva this to test the viability. Of placing -- its chemical weapons under international control. Removing them from Syria. And destroy them forever. The the United States has also made clear. That the deaths of more than 100000. Syrians. At the displacement of millions. Either internal here as refugees. Remains. Stating on the world's conscience. We all. Need to keep that in mind and deal with it. That is why foreign minister Bob -- and I. Continue to work with the joint special envoy Brahimi and ourselves. Under the auspices of the Geneva community -- The foreign secretary just mentioned this in his hopes we share those hopes. That could Foster a political solution. To a civil war that undermines the stability of the region. Threatens our own national security interests. And compels us to act that is our hope. That's what we fervently hope can come out this meeting these negotiations. Thank you very much. -- just towards. -- news. We -- -- Stewart knows I'm not prepared for screening and passion into those that statement and the civilian -- and that's our approach and our students and we -- and they hesitated and -- statements you'll president of the Russian integration budget that he and his octagon in New York Times and I'm glad that all Muslim -- has -- decide to go ahead and decided to not easily -- you aren't implementing decisions Islamist -- silence and to be an excellent sense defiant compromises and so. The message on and he is no -- the president station also the Americans. He also showed that identity it was like to fine tune your children's consensus and the can you commit last part of this resolution was. -- people's occasion yes hello. You ought to take your word -- It's a little early for the that's been. Some acting secretary of state John Kerry and -- Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov. Talk about -- -- meeting. In Geneva they are talking about trying to come to an agreement to get Syria to. Give up their chemical weapons secretary of state -- -- any agreement has to be comprehensive. Verifiable and timely. Right now the two leaders are gonna head off for their first meeting of the day and to debate all of the logistics of how to accomplish that. Giant task of removing chemical weapons from Syria earlier today Kerry met with UN special envoy for Syria like her brownie. For 45 minutes and while he sounded hopeful on the stage. State Department says -- -- -- talks quote from a position. Of skepticism. Secretary Kerry has discussed meeting with Syrian rebel leaders and a senior US official admitted. That the opposition is upset with the US for backing out of its plan to bomb Assad's forces. But while the White House is main priority right now remains the chemical weapons. -- -- head after their first meeting of the day this has been an ABC news digital special report anti Hernandez in New York. This has been a special report from the.

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