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Thread #151984   Message #3557567
Posted By: bobad
09-Sep-13 - 04:06 PM
Thread Name: BS: chemical weapons in Syria
Subject: RE: BS: chemical weapons in Syria
From Mother Jones:

"Russia proposes Syria put weapons under international control in attempt to avert attack." On Monday, Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister who conveyed the message to the Syrian government, said that he expected "a quick and, I hope, a positive answer." A senior White House official told NBC News that this seemed like merely a delay tactic.

The Russian proposal was similarly to a comment (but not a formal offer) that US Secretary of State John Kerry had made earlier on Monday.

"Additional countries." On Sept. 6, the US issued a joint statement condemning the Assad regime and supporting reinforcement of the prohibition on chemical-weapons use. The list has grown, and, as of Monday, the countries formally signed on to the joint statement are:

    Albania
    Australia
    Canada
    Croatia
    Denmark
    Estonia
    France
    Germany
    Honduras
    Hungary
    Italy
    Japan
    Republic of Korea
    Kosovo
    Latvia
    Lithuania
    Morocco
    Qatar
    Romania
    Saudi Arabia
    Spain
    Turkey
    United Arab Emirates
    United Kingdom
    United States

The White House is updating the list of countries supporting the statement here.

Hillary Clinton speaks out. As expected, Clinton weighed in on Monday following a meeting at the White House. She said that she supports the president's call for intervention in Syria and that she hopes Congress will do the same. She also stated that if Syria accepted a proposal to turn over control of its chemical weapons to the international community, that would be an "important step."