The United States and Russia have finally brokered a deal which aims to end Syria`s Civil War, as well as account for and destroy all of the Bashar al-Assa regimes chemical weapons.
John Kerry, U.S Secretary of State and Sergei Larov, Russia’s Foreign Minister, spent nearly three days in Geneva discussing the Syria problem, at which time it was agreed upon that both countries would conduct a shared assessment of the Syria`s chemical weapons.
It was also decided by both parties that Syria would have to submit a detailed list verifying its chemical weapons within a week of America and Russia’s joint statement being issued.
The United Nations is expected to have men in the country as soon as November who will then begin dismantling the entire chemical weapon program in Syria.
The agenda, as outlined by Russia and America aims to remove all chemical weapons from Syria by mid 2014.
Even though America is now willing to work with Bashars regime, Kerry also made it apparent that non-cooperation by Syria will not be tolerated.
“The world will now expect the Assad regime to live up to its public commitments,” said Kerry. “There can be no games, no room for avoidance or anything less than full compliance by the Assad regime,” he added.
Despite Russia and America`s attempts to resolve the ongoing problems in Syria, the Syrian opposition has stated that this resolution deals a serious blow to the two and a half year revolution which has seen the death of nearly 100,000 Syrians.
The rebels feel that by allowing Bashar a compromise to disarm, all personal fault is taken off of Bashar
According to General Idris a commanding general of the rebel forces, “All of this initiative does not interest us. Russia is a partner with the regime in killing the Syrian people. A crime against humanity has been committed and there is not any mention of accountability.”
Idris also commented that the plan as mandated by America and Russia simply will not work. Stating that Syria would not truly disarm itself of its chemical weapons and instead, would hide them from the U.S mandated visits.
“We have told our friends that the regime has begun moving a part of its chemical weapons arsenal to Lebanon and Iraq”.
Despite the Syrian rebel’s lack of support for America and Russia’s disarmament plan, Idris made it clear that the rebels would still back U.N. task force workers who entered into Syria.
“If investigators come, we will facilitate the mission. In the regions under our control there are no chemical weapons. I don’t know if this will just mean that investigators will pass through the regions that are under rebel control. We are ready.”
General Idris however, does not speak for the entire rebel faction as other leaders have stated that “the Kerry-Lavrov plan go to hell. We reject it and we will not protect the inspectors or let them enter Syria.”
Regardless of support both internally and internationally, it is clear that America will continue to peruse Syria until they have removed their entire chemical weapons programs.
When asked about America’s commitment to the disbandment of Syrians chemical weapons, Kerry stated “Ensuring that a dictator’s wanton use of chemical weapons never again comes to pass, we believe is worth pursuing and achieving”.