Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague and US Secretary of State John Kerry attended a press conference at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on September 9, 2013 in London, England; and Secretary Kerry was asked by Margaret Brennan of CBS News whether there was anything that President Bashar al-Assad of Syria “could do or offer that would stop an attack?” Mr. Kerry said:
“Sure. He could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week. Turn it over, all of it, without delay, and allow a full and total accounting for that. …”
"But Mr. Lavrov followed up on the idea, with a proposal that offered a compromise that could avert an American-led strike in response to a poison-gas attack near Damascus last month.Officials in Syria embraced the idea, as did Britain, France, the United Nations and even some Republican lawmakers in Washington.
In another interview with NBC News, Mr. Obama said he would take the Russian proposal “with a grain of salt initially.” But he told the network that if Syrian officials accept the Russian proposal, “then this could potentially be a significant breakthrough.”
Syrian officials embraced the idea, and Syrian officials appeared to find the idea acceptable, as did Britain, France, the United Nations and even some Republican lawmakers in Washington.
In his article, “Unit Experienced in Chemical Weapon Destruction Stands Ready to Help,” which appeared in the New York Times on Monday, William Broad explained that there is a global policing unit that is attached to the Chemical Weapons Convention, that is capable of destroying any chemical weapons that Syria may have. It has confirmed the successful destruction of millions of chemical weapons in at least seven countries and could address this crisis in Syria if a plan can be forged -- most likely with the assistance of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon.
Under the 1993 treaty, which came into force in 1997, the experts and inspectors of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, known as the O.P.C.W., have overseen the destruction of many chemical arsenals and manufacturing plants around the globe.
To date, seven nations that signed the treaty have agreed to the destruction of their chemical arms and plants — Albania, India, Iraq, Libya, Russia, the United States and an unnamed seventh country. On its Web site, the O.P.C.W. says that more than 80 percent of the world’s declared stockpiles to date have been eliminated.