Baku-APA. The US and Russian foreign ministers and a UN envoy met in Geneva on Friday to discuss Moscow’s proposal for placing Syria’s chemical weapons under international control – an idea meant to avert US airstrikes against the Middle Eastern country but yielding few tangible results beyond that for now, APA reports quoting RIA Novosti.
No agreement on how to proceed in Syria had been reached as of Friday afternoon among US Secretary of State John Kerry, his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, and the UN-Arab League envoy on Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi. However, the three diplomats plan to continue talks on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, tentatively on September 28, Lavrov said.
That planned meeting could also include a discussion of a peace process on Syria, specifically through the long-stalled Geneva-2 conference, envisioned as a way to bring the warring parties to the negotiating table. But Kerry, addressing reporters after Friday’s meeting, explicitly linked prospects for the conference with success in the chemical weapons talks, according to a transcript on the US State Department website.
Lavrov, meanwhile, said that, in light of Syria’s recent agreement to sign a major international convention on chemical weapons, all the stakeholders, together with UN chemical weapons experts, must develop a road map “to resolve this issue as quickly and professionally as is practically possible.”