A Syria turn over weapons appeal is being considered as a possible diplomatic solution as the face-off between the U.S. and Syria continues this week. CNN reports this Monday, Sept. 9, that a proposal made by Russia may be made in the bid for peace, with the debatable offer being that Syria surrender control of its chemical weapons to prevent any U.S. military offensive.
Having Syria turn over their weapons might seem like a simple enough gesture, but even with this potential diplomatic solution, a question still remains: Would this action solve a long-term issue, or serve as only a stall tactic of sorts while President al-Assad’s Syrian government attempts to delay any U.S. military fronts?
President Barack Obama opened up on this possibility today, offering his take on whether Syria handing over its weapons might be enough to afford “peace.”
"It's certainly a positive development when the Russians and Syrians both make gestures towards dealing with these chemical weapons," President Barack Obama said to CNN this Monday.
After being asked if the proposal might be enough to prevent a military offensive on Syria, Obama replied:
“It’s possible ... if it’s real.”
President Obama went on to talk just hours after the Foreign Minister of Syria said to Russian reporters that his country “would welcome” a diplomatic solution the Russian Foreign Minister made earlier today. The main idea behind this “idea” for peace: Having all of Syria’s chemical weapons placed indeterminately under the control of the nations in order to prevent any U.S. military strike on the country, following alleged reports of a toxic gas attack on civilians in August.
"I declare that the Syrian Arab Republic welcomes Russia's initiative, on the basis that the Syrian leadership cares about the lives of our citizens and the security in our country," said the Syrian spokesman. "We are also confident in the wisdom of the Russian government, which is trying to prevent an American aggression against our people."
John Kerry, the U.S. Secretary of State, had discussed such an idea of handing over weapons in the past, but the Dept. added afterwards that al-Assad should not be trusted enough to surrender Syria’s chemical weaponry.
"The only reason why we are seeing this proposal is because of the threat of U.S. military action," said another government official.
Do you believe the Syria turn over weapons plea is a strong solution for now, or is only a diplomatic answer that does not answer the long-term issues surrounding the war-torn country, as some officials are arguing?