US urges Russia to pressure Syria on chemical weapons

Secretary of State Kerry, FM Lavrov discuss Syria on sidelines of Munich Security Conference, repeated the US' criticism of Syria by saying the delay is unacceptable.

US urges Russia to pressure Syria on chemical weapons

World Bulletin/News Desk

US State Secretary John Kerry asked Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday at the Munich Security Conference in Germany to put pressure on the Syrian government to comply with a UN resolution and speed up the removal of its chemical weapons arsenal.

According to information from a senior US diplomatic source, Kerry repeated the US' criticism of Syria by saying the delay is unacceptable.

The efforts to remove the materials from Syria have "seriously stalled", US Ambassador Robert Mikulak said in a written statement to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on Thursday.

Damascus agreed in September 2013 to comply with UN Security Council Resolution 2118's timeline for the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal. The timeline demanded that Syria eliminate all of its "priority one" chemicals by December 3 and all “priority two” chemicals by February 5. According to the US, however, only 4 percent of the priority one chemicals have been destroyed.

The second round of Geneva II talks will start on February 10. Kerry emphasized that the main focus of the talks should be the formation of a provisional government, within the framework of the Geneva Communiqué that was accepted after the first round of Geneva talks in June 2012.

The Syrian government entered into the dialogue with the Syrian opposition under the guidance of UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi. Both agreed to discuss the principles outlined in the communiqué. However, talks stalled over the government's refusal to discuss a provisional government.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Brahimi also joined the meeting, the diplomat said. The quartet discussed the Syrian opposition's need to expand its delegation, and that the two sides should come to the second round prepared to accept the Geneva communiqué's principles.

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