Syria Agrees To turn Over Chemical Weapons
(CNN) It’s a stunning turn of events that could change everything on Syria.
Facing the threat of a U.S. military strike, the country’s leaders Tuesday reportedly accepted a Russian proposal to turn over its chemical weapons.
The development, reported by Syrian state television and Russia’s Interfax news agency, came a day after the idea bubbled up in the wake of what appeared to be a gaffe by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
It quickly changed the debate in Washington from “Should the U.S. attack?” to “Is there a diplomatic way out of this mess.”
Syrian Foreign Minister Foreign Minister Walid Moallem said Tuesday his country had agreed to the Russian proposal after what Interfax quoted him as calling “a very fruitful round of talks” with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday.
Details of such a transfer have yet to be worked out, such as where the arms would go, who would safeguard them and how the world could be sure Syria had handed over its entire stockpile of chemical weapons.