US, RUSSIA REACH DEAL ON SYRIA WEAPONS
GENEVA — The United States and Russia agreed Saturday on an outline for the identification and seizure of Syrian chemical weapons and said Syria must turn over an accounting of its arsenal within a week.
The agreement will be backed by a U.N. Security Council resolution that could allow for sanctions or other consequences if Syria fails to comply, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said.
Kerry said that the first international inspection of Syrian chemical weapons will take place by November, with destruction to begin soon after and be complete by the middle of next year.
“There are timelines in here and it’s an ambitious goal,” Kerry said at a press conference with Lavrov in the hotel where negotiations took place.
A written framework agreement released Saturday said it should be enforced by “stringent special verification measures, beginning within a few days,” and including assurance of “the immediate and unfettered right to inspect any and all sites.”