The Accidental Diplomat: John Kerry's Decent Proposal

Sec. of State's "Rhetorical" Comment Spurs Syria Talks With Russia
2:48 | 09/09/13

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Secretary of state John Kerry's ad hoc perhaps accidental plan to. As escalated quickly. You begin early this morning in London and when he was asked if there was any -- the Syrians could do to stop the push for military intervention. Sure he could turn over every single bit of this chemical weapons to the international community in the next week. Turner -- fault. Without delay. And allow that full and total accounting before that. But he isn't about to do it and it can't be done obviously. The State Department dismissed the comments as theoretical rhetorical. But the Russians seized on them and made a proposal along those lines to Syria. And by lunchtime prisoner Obama's deputy national security advisor Tony -- -- seemed to be taking the idea. A bit more seriously. With regard to the -- Reports today. About this a Russian initiative we have we've seen the reports. We want to take a hard look the proposal will obviously discuss the idea with the Russians. And of course we would welcome a decision and action. By Syria to give up this chemical weapons the whole point of what we're doing is to stop Syria from using these weapons again. And then a little after 2:30 eastern time Hillary Clinton -- and the White House. Saying this. Now if the regime. Immediately. Surrendered its stockpiles. To international control. As was suggested by secretary Kerry. And the Russians. That would be an important step. But this cannot be another excuse for delay for obstruction. And Russia has to support the international community's efforts sincerely. Or be held to account. It is very important to note. That this discussion that has. Taken hold today about potential international control over Syria's stockpiles. Only. Could take place in the context. Of -- credible. Military threat. By the United States to keep pressure on the Syrian government. As well as those supporting Syria like Russia. Later this afternoon a senior State Department official confirmed that secretary of state Kerry spoke with the Russian foreign minister after making the comment. Telling him it was not a proper offer but the US would be willing to listen to a serious proposal.

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