New this morning, Saturday, Sep. 14, in Geneva U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have come to an agreement over Syria’s chemical weapons. At around 6 a.m. EDT Saturday, according to news wires and broadcasts including Reuters and ABC News, the secretary of state and his Russian counterpart held a news conference announcing a deal between the United States and Russia, coming up with a "proposal" following three days of talks. This “proposal to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons arsenal,” reports Reuters, will avert “the possibility of any immediate U.S. military action against President Bashar al-Assad.” Kerry and Lavrov outlined the deal to the press, and at the top of that deal is the proviso that within one week Syria must hand over a full inventory of its chemical arsenal, reported ABC News.
Syria must also agree to allow chemical weapons inspectors into the country by November. They must additionally agree that all their chemical weapons will be destroyed and that they will be transferred over to international control by mid-2014.
If Assad fails to comply, Secretary Kerry affirms that the issue will go back to the United Nations Security Council and it could result "in a military reaction." The secretary of state made it clear that a diplomatic solution to this matter would be preferable, though the U.S. is still open to pressing for military action if diplomacy fails yet again.
President Barack Obama will give an exclusive interview on the crisis in Syria to George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday, Sep. 15.