Putin looks on as Kerry and Lavrov meet at UN
September 24th, 2013
10:42 PM ET

Putin looks on as Kerry and Lavrov meet at UN

By Elise Labott, reporting from the United Nations

In a tiny room at the United Nations under a portrait of Vladimir Putin, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov,  flanked by a team of men in dark suits,  welcomed Secretary of State John Kerry  into his meeting room.

Kerry was flanked by a team of women: U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power, Undersecretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman and Assistant Secretary for European Affairs Victoria Nuland.

A highly-anticipated 45-minute meeting went twice that long and was described by Kerry as "very constructive."

One senior State Department official said the two men had pencils in hand as they marked up a text of a U.N. resolution on dismantling Syria's chemical weapons.

The official said there are three or four "conceptual hurdles" the two sides are working through. The goal, the official said, is a "binding, enforceable, verifiable" security council resolution that stands the best chance to  implement a framework agreement.

This resolution, the officials said, is supposed to work hand in hand with an Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons resolution being drafted at the Hague that lays out the framework for going about dismantling Bashar al-Assad’s weapons program.

This official and another senior Obama administration official said there is not a debate about whether to authorize the use of force in a U.N. resolution – it is more about the idea there should be consequences if Syria doesn't comply.

Officials were vague, but it appears the sticking points center around how to determine non-compliance, how consequences are determined and what those consequences would be.

Power and her Russian counterpart plan to try to draft text on the conceptual issues.


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  1. Kjgfte Gkuytr

    Assad will begin killing Syrians on a exact time frame...defined by the US action and inaction & lack of actions...nice work Musliums kiling Musliums and Musliums killing everyone everywhere who are not Musliums...it is so Written, taught and militarized by Musliums using muslium blood & money...money taken from non-Musliums...I honestly cannot remember the last time I saw a real live white baby in America I do see colored babies every single day. I also see Old White people...you can find this reality directly coming from the militant Muslium Army of Islam & "their"no compromise no-holds- bared-unless it is to compromise would be "Whites" Art of War enspired doctren...BUT DONT QUOTE ME ON THAT BIG BROTHER...as always I am not spying on Americans but You are.

    September 27, 2013 at 8:47 pm | Reply
  2. Dyan S

    And when will Israel disarm their own WMD stockpile?

    September 26, 2013 at 9:05 am | Reply
    • Alex279

      No, Israel has right to defend itself.

      September 26, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Reply
  3. Jiri bank ski

    America once was a beacon to the world now we are a disgrace and I am ashamed of my lying leaders.

    September 26, 2013 at 6:13 am | Reply
    • StanCalif

      Yes, America was (and still is) a beacon in the world. However, we are just plain sick and tired of trying to bring peace and freedom to people who don't want "peace and freedom"! Every time we dispose of a dictator then "hold elections" for the people to choose, what happens? Elections do not instantly install freedom and democracy!
      America is home to many people from the Middle East and N. Africa today. Why did they come here? Because we are still the beacon! Many of these people now live in Europe also. Question is, why do these people do nothing for their former "homelands"? They live well and prosper abroad, but stay completely silent! Answer: Muslims killing Muslims, no one can stop this! This is like a forest fire out of control! Only the Muslims can bring about any change, but they are not interested. Just keep killing each other, for what?

      September 26, 2013 at 8:44 am | Reply
  4. john smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    September 25, 2013 at 2:14 am | Reply
    • ShiverMeTimbers

      We know. We are sorry for the terrorism done by our government. We are trying to get rid of the dirt bags, especially the ones who are paid by Israel.

      September 26, 2013 at 5:42 am | Reply
  5. Random

    How many chemical weapons have been destroyed?
    Verification is only certain right now. We can verify nothing has been done because you are still arguing about it.
    At some point you have to accept it for what it is and fire some missiles eh?

    September 25, 2013 at 1:47 am | Reply
    • ShiverMeTimbers

      What about Israels 200+ nukes? Can we also get rid of those?

      September 26, 2013 at 5:43 am | Reply
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    Reblogged this on World Chaos News.

    September 25, 2013 at 1:14 am | Reply

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