I figured the whole thing was a ruse between Assad and Putin to buy time for Syria to shift its chemical weapon stockpiles. Lying assholes are lying assholes, film at 11:00. :shrug:
. :2wave: Yep.....it was nothing but a play for more time. Even though this doesn't change the fact that Kerry and Obama got outplayed. Out maneuvered and outwitted. All due to their own words and actions. Obama wasn't talking to Putin and then Kerry left himself open playing to the Cameras and thinking his was the man of honor.
Assad also said his government will start submitting data on its chemical weapons stockpile a month after signing the convention banning such weapons
Syria's U.N. ambassador Bashar Ja'afari told reporters Thursday that he presented Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with "the instrument of accession" to the Chemical Weapons Convention making his country a full member of the treaty banning the use of chemical weapons
The treaty states that a nation becomes a party 30 days after such a letter is submitted
U.N. associate spokesman Farhan Haq said the secretary-general welcomes the development
He said that Syria is relinquishing control over its chemical weapons because of Russia
"We agreed to put Syria's chemical weapons under international supervision in response to Russia's request and not because of American threats," Assad said.
"In my view, the agreement will begin to take effect a month after its signing, and Syria will begin turning over to international organizations data about its chemical weapons," Assad added. He said this is "standard procedure" and that Syria will stick to it
"There is nothing standard about this process
," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry retorted in Geneva, because Assad has used his chemical weapons. "The words of the Syrian regime in our judgment are simply not enough."
Assad said the Russian deal was a two-sided process. "We are counting, first of all, on the United States stop conducting the policy of threats regarding Syria," he said.
Syria's Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil also suggested on Thursday that the Russian proposal will succeed only if the United States and its allies pledge not to attack Syria in the future.
"We want a pledge that neither it (the U.S.) nor anyone else will launch an aggression against Syria," Jamil told The Associated Press in Damascus.
But Kerry cautioned that a U.S. military strike could occur if Assad doesn't agree to dismantle his chemical arsenal properly. "There ought to be consequences if it doesn't take place," he said.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, however, said the dismantling "will make unnecessary any strike against the Syrian Arab Republic
Assad: Syria to offer data on chemical weapons
Course the rebel/terrorists have rejected the Russian proposal and are speaking out
. Although they are now not considered the official ruling government of Syria like the French and the Brits recognized. Despite their statement released thru the Pan Arab broadcasts.
What bothers me here is Kerry once again steps into it. As now he is railing despite what the procedure is with the UN and dealing with Chems.
Now you can see why.....Team Obama was completely outplayed. As the Russians knew the time table with the UN Procedures. Once we agreed to let Assad due this. Then what can we do but wait until we see if they comply with the UN Procedures and follow thru