Clinton seeks agreement that Syria needs transition to attend meeting
June 27th, 2012
12:38 AM ET

Clinton seeks agreement that Syria needs transition to attend meeting

By Jill Dougherty, reporting from onboard Secretary Clinton's plane

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may attend an international meeting on Syria proposed by Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan, but only if the participants agree that there must be a political transition in the country, an official said Tuesday.

Russia has opposed the idea that other countries dictate a political transition, insisting it is a decision for the Syrians themselves.

Clinton called Annan from her plane en route to a three-nation tour of Finland, Latvia and Russia. The special envoy is continuing his consultations, a senior State Department official told reporters aboard the plane.

"For us, the key thing is that the participants in the meeting agree on the way forward including political transition in Syria. I think if Kofi Annan can get the proposed participants to agree on such a plan for political transition, then there will be a meeting. But that's what we need to find out before we go to any meeting," the official said.

"If other proposed participants agree to that, then the secretary will go to the meeting and we'll try to advance it in that way," the official added. "What it can't be is just another round of dialogue for dialogue's sake with the regime. And that's our view. And I think, frankly, it's the view of a very large number of members of the international community."

While in St. Petersburg this week, Clinton is expected to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the topic of Syria will be on their agenda, the official said.

In another point of contention between the United States and Russia, Moscow wants Iran to participate in the hoped-for meeting.

Annan has said Iran should be part of the solution. But the Obama administration objects to Iran's participation, and accuses Tehran of not being a "constructive player."

Clinton also plans to discuss Russian arms sales to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's regime, the official told reporters.

"Our concern about the issue has not gone away, and nor - to be clear - has Russia accepted to refrain from selling arms to the regime. So, in that sense, it still is a live issue and I'm sure the secretary will raise it with Foreign Minister Lavrov on Friday night because our view hasn't changed in the least regardless of whether a particular shipment is under way or not," the official said.

A shipment of refurbished Russian helicopters headed for Syria had to turn around and return to Russia after its British insurance company dropped coverage on the ship carrying helicopters.

soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. Kitty

    I agree with the Russians and I am American but our foreign policy is making our economy weak and the rest of the world is none of our damn business.

    June 28, 2012 at 5:16 am | Reply
  2. stella

    I have nothing to say. Madam as a female.

    God bless you , be a model of wise , brave , justified, yet, soft, and graceful charming woman ,

    as we women all wantted to be. we women are not birthtool and never depend on men or marriage.

    deel with those Russian guy with considerable skill. I do believe you two can be truthful friends working with eachother and help eachother.

    because you two share the same clear blue eye.

    June 28, 2012 at 1:58 am | Reply
  3. helenecha

    Interesting! May I use an analogy to help describe the positions of both countries?
    'We believe in atmosphere. They'll take opportunities to the ground.' The U.S. said.
    'We believe in seed. They'll make the soil fit growing themselves.' The Russia said.

    June 27, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Reply
  4. Stu Nahan

    Syria is another brotherhood uprising, asad is right. He doesnt want to end up like ghadaffi or mubarak. Thats what im telling u its been in the bible allll this time. Shoebat translates the old names of the nations to todays names, its in the bible bible bible, dont be a fool any longer

    June 27, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Reply
  5. Stu Nahan

    Sorry had to get back to work, uh not funny the truth. So muslims molest children ay? Never knew that, not something i cared to know thank you. Their anti christ is jesus our christ and vice versa, did you know that? Check walid shoebat's information out, lays it down for you he does. Seriously do yourself that favor. Have to vote mitters i guess. "We'll send jose home" pat buchanon. Alan keys had my vote and im white, bv this barry guy is as illegal as he can be. Getting rain here in colo thank god! Police are looking for an arsonist, seven fires in two hours they got those out though. Im chris search u s vs u s a. Utube ufo cigar shape london england. Peace

    June 27, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Reply
  6. John M.

    syrians should "Saddam" Assad before he gets a "Gadhafi"

    June 27, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Reply
  7. Joncook

    There needs to be repercussions for Russia and China supporting Asaad. If they continue to cut deals and supply the Syrian army then their access to the UN Security Council should be suspended indefinitely. Russia supplying Asaad with attack helicopters shows that not only are the Russians willing to help kill civilians, but that the sanctions imposed on Syria aren't working. If they have enough money to continue to grow their military the sanctions are useless. And if Iran is allowed to participate in the meeting then there is no use for a meeting. Iran will do anything to derail the peace process and squash the opposition. War is inevitable. How the superpowers react to this will determine the economic health of the entire world for decades. We need to make the Arab nations force Asaad out. Make them storm Demascus.

    June 27, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Reply
    • chris

      So, who do you support al qaeda/muslim brotherhood or al Assad. Kind of a losing proposition eh? Look at what happened in Egypt and Libya. Both counties now are being led by radical groups such as al quaeda and muslim brotherhood. Dont you think its quite a bit more than mere coincidence that arab spring has turned to muslim brotherhood summer? Try to analyze the facts, follow the money, and you may find better answers than our beloved khazar owned western media are reporting.

      June 27, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Reply
      • John M.

        chris – By continuing to blame the revolution on a foreign conspiracy, dismissing hundreds of thousands of his fellow citizens as "bandits, Zionists and al Qaeda," Assad is taking a page out of the handbook of Gadhafi in his effort to crush those seeking freedom "not al qaeda or the brotherhood" and the right for "all citizens to have a input in choosing their leader" Your claim that al qaeda and freedom seekers are walking hand in hand is falsehood on your part, al qaeda and Assad was walking hand in hand for many years during the iraq war to kill americans. Assad is commiting crimes against humanity to prevent "the people" from choosing their next leader for his own self serving proposes. I wouldn't be siding with him if I was you

        June 27, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
      • chris

        I am NOT siding with al Assad but I am not siding with western backed foreign incursions either. I prefer Republics as opposed to empires

        June 27, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
      • chris

        John, those same "freedom seekers" are the ones that are burning Christian Churches in Syria, so is that the kind of freedom that you seek? Does Sharia Law sound like a good thing to you, because that is what is being established in Egypt and Libya. Do you work in the west wing or are you just a sadly misinformed American. I suggest checking alternate sources if you are truly sincere. I am a Christian Liberty Loving American. I AM not an al assad supporter. I am an independent thinker and a truth seeker.

        June 27, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  8. chris

    Hmmmmm..... Wonder what Sec. Clinton is offering. Would be nice if she could offer the Russians remaining control of the port Tartus? For the replacement of al Assad with a temporary ruling councel and amnesty for all individuals that want to leave Syria. Its obvious now that the NATO ptb want muslim brotherhood and al quaeda thugs in control of every middle eastern country. Seemingly, the principality at large in small wants to form a caliphate so that Muslims and Christians will be on a large scale war. If the Pope was really as much a religious authority as he was supposed to be cracked up to be, he would be speaking greatly against london and dc for instigating this massive persecution of Christians and non radicals in the middle east. Pathetic foreign policy and it is further evidence that the UN and nATO have turned further to the darkness. I guess that is why lucis (lucifer) trust publishing co is behind one world UN religion, but maybe this is a bit off tangent for this forum.

    June 27, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Reply
    • chris

      I read all these anti Hillary remarks and im not sure i quite get it. I think she may be one of the truly Good restraining forces in DC today. Part of me hates to think where we would be without here there. Make NO mistake, if she had won the primary, the World would be in much better shape right now. I, for one, am thankful she is there. She is a smart woman and I dont think half the Muslim Brotherhood/ al quada nonsense revolution/insurgency/invasions would be going on if she was president. Follow the $ people if you want answers ...

      June 27, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Reply
      • CelestialOne

        "We came, we saw. he died" with the Dr.Evil laugh....the rest of the world must love the American leadership even more after that.

        June 28, 2012 at 1:10 am |
    • John M.

      sorry bud, but your statement sounds quite bogus when you claimed that "NATO ptb want muslim brotherhood and al quaeda thugs in control of every middle eastern country." Truth is they don't, but they support arab spring movement where "the people" choose their leader instead of their leader electing himself over and over again for decades while ruling with a iron fist killing and/or imprison all dissent. Assad is burning and cutting body parts off of hundreds of children, that in itself shows the world of the evilness by Assad to crush any opposition by commiting genocide, are the world going to turn a blind eye to this hitler like dictator trying to crush arab spring movement in his country?

      June 27, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Reply
      • chris

        Again, where are you getting this news from. Truth is, I Dont suppor despots like al assad. However, if you look at who is causing a majority of the violence in these me countries, and you get good independent sourcing, you will find mercenaries, al quaeda, and muslim brotherhood- all violent radical groups. This isnt natural democratic Washington style revolution, this is western backed insurgency, but Im afraid you are much like the majority of asleep, western media brainwashed individuals. Try alternate sourcing. Follow the money. Try to wake up so you might be able to bring light to the world instead of abide in darkness of blackout, propagandized media.

        June 27, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
      • chris

        What do you think about the "just" provision in ndaa to indefinitely detain or kill americans without a trial? So, do you think that was what america was meant to be? How about convicted child molestors getting to pat you down and grope your genitals at the airport? You see, I am an American, a real one, that stands for the ideals our forefathers fought for. Wake up and smell what the US has turned into, before its too late. These me arab springs are manufactured rebellions to feed the coffers of the military industrial complex just as Eisenhower warned of in his last speech as President. Him and Kennedy were the last two great presidents of the US

        June 27, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  9. Bible

    A representative never should hear such hate. this is a dicussion yes political. every country needs to respect ea. others diffences withou hate or threat. all of u be human 4 the good o all mankind. no need 4 a repeat of war. all care 4 ur countryman&kids u are to be a pillar act as such. everyone!

    June 27, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Reply
  10. smokescreen2012

    "If other proposed participants agree to that, then the secretary will go to the meeting and we'll try to advance it in that way," the official added. "What it can't be is just another round of dialogue for dialogue's sake with the regime. And that's our view. And I think, frankly, it's the view of a very large number of members of the international community."---a large number of the int'l community-why doesn't she just say it?Everyone who is under the US thumb,and/or is too afraid to oppose the US gov't.

    June 27, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Reply
    • humberto

      Thats my impression too. How can she get involved with a bunch of civiliams murdering government officials enforcing laws the whole international community enforces but even murders civilians because of their beliefs as the radio and tv atrack proves –

      June 27, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Reply
      • smokescreen2012

        People are starting to wake up to the games the US gov't plays........when allowed to do as they please,the US gov't has proved they want nothing but war.

        June 27, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  11. smokescreen2012

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may attend an international meeting on Syria proposed by Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan, but only if the participants agree that there must be a political transition in the country, an official said Tuesday.--ofcourse thats what they want,and have wanted from the beginning.To dwindle Russian influence in the Middle East,by taking out pro-Russian Assad.After this happens,the USA will send in delegates to the new Syrian gov't,and secure a foothold,and make Syria there own.It's all politics--Syrian people,it has nothing to do with a humanitarian mission to save you.Sorry.....that's US politics for ya.

    June 27, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Reply
  12. Mike

    I support Russian, not only because I am Russian but also because Russia is not imperalist like the rest of the West. The war in Syria is their issue, not ours, and the rest of the world should let it be that way. And the rebels have no demands at all, and what will happen when they will come to power? Oh, i know, chaos and another Iran.

    Also, why does it say Publicar instead of Publish? I thought this was the ENGLISH version of CNN.

    June 27, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Reply
    • John M.

      Russia as you know had a long history of slaughtering its own citizens (stalin) to prevent freedom (though there has been some improvement in recent history) but Russia doesn't give a rat @ about the citizens of syria being slaughtered by this evil dictator and only trying to protect its own assets (and base). Russia is acting like they will continue to support Assad even if he kills majority of syrians

      June 27, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Reply
  13. Bill Clinton

    She rides a broom

    June 27, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Reply
  14. Stu Nahan

    Hilery pus bag klintin, again u made me throw up a lil in my mouth and your face makes me want to scratch my eyes out and my god that laugh makes me want to kill it

    June 27, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Reply
    • The Truth

      Hey Stu wanna hear something funny?
      Two Muslim men are sitting on a park bench when an 8-year-old walks past, and one turns to the other and says, "Wow, I bet she was hot in her day."

      June 27, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Reply
      • nukemaster

        hahshashas :D:D good one

        June 27, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  15. AlexShch

    Its is astonishing how Sec. Clinton tries to pretend of having big role in resolving both the situation in Syria and situation around Iranian enrichment program, when in reality Sec. Clinton contributed AT BEST NOTHING in both.

    Negotiations require hard work every day, knowledge and situational awareness. Sec. Clinton has nothing to contribute, except arrogance. US has no diplomatic relationships with these countries, and no meaningful presence of its people in any role: specialists and/or even tourists - people who can objectively and trustworthy report what is going on there.

    June 27, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Reply
  16. saeed

    hillary who,ore clinton was in oslo karl johans street by the storting she was sleeping in grand hotel that whoore i should have killed her there but she is a shy little girl and i was there in carl johan but non of these bodygaurds or anybody else dared to do anything any way she is not worth anything why would someone die for that old turkey flat face of a women.

    June 27, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Reply
    • The Truth

      Q: What are the three greatest lies?
      1.I'm from the government, I'm here to help you.

      2.The cheque is in the mail.

      3.Islam is the religion of peace.

      June 27, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Reply
      • jack

        Hey , islam is a religion of peace and u don't know anything about u ignorant, and we never asked ur government to help us out. , but u need to know why ur government wants to participate

        June 27, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
      • Sunita

        Hello Truth,
        I respect your opinion and won't discuss the post. I have a simple question why H. Clinton gets mixed in the politics of other countries? Do you wanna repeat the Irak disaster? I really recommend her to take care of her household and she has no international experience and she thinks one way.

        June 27, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
  17. Ken

    man is a political animal, it is all about power

    June 27, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Reply
  18. joshua

    see dr owour a prophet among us. he talks about the war with iran and who win and loose. read deuteronomy 18 & st marks 16 to confirm. and syria is in isaias 17

    June 27, 2012 at 11:18 am | Reply
  19. oscar disabled vet

    @ saeed are making a threat to a united states official? why dont you go back to what ever third world contry and leave the disscussion's to the wiser people at the table thier is no room for you. im sure the toddler table outside has a space for you.

    June 27, 2012 at 11:07 am | Reply
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    June 27, 2012 at 11:04 am | Reply
  21. Paul

    And who is talking to the US in light of all the innocent pakistanis they're killing?

    June 27, 2012 at 10:28 am | Reply
    • h nassor

      When Pakistan agreed to assist US in war with Taliban and Alqaida, they should have thought twice before agreeing, Not only Pakistan borders with Afghanistan , then why dd they agreed? Money.. so dont complain collect you pay check.

      June 27, 2012 at 10:58 am | Reply
  22. sherman the bedouin

    she can't tell the truth. she is by far the single scariest human on this planet. the undead soccer mom. (not to be confused with a soccer dad..different animal, only in the US can you have a soccer mom. yes football not ours – yours. ) I have read all the articles which are supposed to be the news. I can not still understand the story. therefore something is missing from the story. motive, reasons, the wider arch of the timeline, lack of other news outlets being so gung ho... its fool the people twice time and it may be shame on someone besides us this time. – I don't buy that that European couple are waging wholesale war on their people. Occam's razor. again if the group is a true revolutionary group then they have a list of demands. where is it?

    June 27, 2012 at 9:53 am | Reply
  23. George Patton

    Who is Hilary Clinton to demand "regime change" in Syria? And who gave Hilary Clinton the right to decide Syria's future? I say that Syria's future should be decided by the Syrians themselves without outside interference!!!

    June 27, 2012 at 9:28 am | Reply
  24. Aten99

    @Saeed shoot her in the head? Is that what you call democracy? Have some respect she is the secretary of state and has said nothing wrong in fact the opposite yes Russia should stop arming the Syrian regime! Killing innocent children, women and men how do people sleep at night?! I think its about time President Obama sent in the Seals to take care of this as nothing else will work for this regime! When a president / prime minister is sworn in there first job is to protect not kill their own people! And to clarify @Saeed your an evil twisted sicko!!

    June 27, 2012 at 9:10 am | Reply
    • kuduson

      clinton the raggedy old F thinks she owns the world
      and that is the problem with the US
      clinton announced to the world that the US would arm the syrian terrorists ,provide training and financial aid
      via turkey
      and then this two faced ugly reptile wants russian and others to stop arming the government of syria
      this is like showing her sagging rear whole and saying its her skunk

      June 27, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Reply
    • kuduson

      its not saeed the evil twisted sicko but clinton
      only a sick mentally dernged person would arm a lqueda

      June 27, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Reply
      • What'sEnglish?

        Just wanted to ask you what you think we should do. Should we just sit here and let them kill their people? Or get involved by making it fair for the opposition?

        I'm surprised we haven't already droned Assad.

        June 27, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  25. Del

    [Spawning back to the Kitchen in 3...2.....1....]

    June 27, 2012 at 6:18 am | Reply
  26. omar

    Why won't America land of the free talk of a political transition in Bahrain?? they did it in Yemen kept the same regime only changed the face of the president. Shame on Americans for not seeing the truth.....Syria secular one nation one flsg all religions was safe under assad and the regime. Now its a war zone ....killings and assisnations shame america you are supporting terrorist aka free syrian army.

    June 27, 2012 at 5:01 am | Reply
    • sherman the bedouin

      I no longer believe that the foreign policy of my country is being run by my country.

      June 27, 2012 at 9:59 am | Reply
  27. Takamatsu

    It is now a sectarian conflict. Both sides do evils and do not demonize just the Syrian Regime and the rebels are not much better.

    June 27, 2012 at 4:37 am | Reply
  28. u're kiddn too

    yh i agree. shoot her in the head

    June 27, 2012 at 4:19 am | Reply
  29. Dave

    Madam Secretary,
    May be you should just stay home, because your demand is akin to saying, "I will participate in the race if you promise to give me first place at the finish line".

    June 27, 2012 at 2:11 am | Reply
  30. saeed

    someone needs to kill this women assinate her shes stupid in the head kennedy was also stupid that why she got removed.

    June 27, 2012 at 12:52 am | Reply
    • The Truth

      Dear Mr. Saeed,

      Your camel needs tending and your goats wants you to "Sandusky" then again


      Your good for nothing wife

      June 27, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Reply
    • Sabuni

      You sound like Al sad. The root cause of the syrian conflict.

      June 27, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Reply

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