Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says any move by Syria to surrender its chemical weapons to international control would be an “important step,” amid signs that a diplomatic solution was taking shape in the international crisis over Syria.
“But this cannot be another excuse for delay or obstruction. And Russia has to support the international community’s efforts sincerely or be held to account,” she said.
Clinton spoke during a visit to the White House hours after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had said in London that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could avoid a military strike by surrendering all his chemical weapons within a week, but quickly made clear he had no faith that Assad would do so. The Russians quickly seized on Kerry’s comments saying Syrian’s chemical weapons could be quickly put under international control and dismantled.