Diplomatic efforts to solve Syrian crisis continue with meetings between Kerry and Lavror
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are to begin their talks in Geneva later on Thursday, about Russia's proposal to place Syria's chemical weapons under international supervision.
"In Geneva we agreed, first of all, to discuss the initiative which got wide support in the world, to agree to place Syrian chemical weapon arsenals under international supervision, understanding that this would allow for abandoning the use of military force against the Syrian Arab Republic."
The talks are expected to continue for at least two days.
During Kerry's stay in Geneva, he is also scheduled to meet with UN-Arab League special envoy on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi to further discuss ways to resolve the Syrian crisis.
The talks come one day after, the five permanent member countries of the UN Security Council met in New York Wednesday to discuss the Syrian matter.
The envoys of the U.S., Russia, Britain, France, and China held a closed-door meeting, where they discussed a resolution drafted by France.
According to various media reports, France's draft resolution would give the Syrian government 15 days, to declare their total stock of chemical weapons, and give them up, or face punitive measures.
Russia is known to have voiced its opposition to the plan.
Syria's long-time ally Russia has been firm in its stance against any military strikes on the Syrian regime.
In a rare move, Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote an op-ed piece for the New York Times on Wednesday,.. and said that U.S. military intervention would lead to confusion in an already violence-stricken country.
Park Ji-won, Arirang News.
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