Kerry arrives in Geneva to test Russia on Syria weapons

Sep 12, 2013 6:16 AM

GENEVA (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Geneva to test the seriousness of a Russian proposal to secure Syria's chemical weapons.

Kerry and a team of U.S. experts will have at least two days of meetings with their Russian counterparts on Thursday and Friday. They hope to emerge with an outline of how some 1,000 tons of chemical weapons stocks and precursor materials as well as potential delivery systems can be safely inventoried and isolated under international control in an active war zone and then destroyed.

Officials with Kerry said they would be looking for a rapid agreement on principles for the process with Russians, including a demand for a speedy Syrian accounting of their stockpiles.

The hastily arranged trip comes as the White House is pinning success or failure of a new diplomatic track on Russia's willingness to take a tough line with its ally Syria. The U.S. wants an agreement to be bolstered by a U.N. resolution to hold Syria accountable for using chemical weapons.

And it comes as The Washington Post reports that the CIA has begun delivering weapons to Syrian rebels, as promised by the Obama administration in June.


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