Kerry: U.S. pleased with pace of chemical weapons process in Syria
Kerry made the remarks on Monday after a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Bali, Indonesia. When asked if the the U.S. believed the elimination of the chemical weapons in Syria was going well, Kerry said the U.S. is very pleased.
"We're very pleased with the pace of what has happened with respect to chemical weapons," Kerry said. "In a record amount of time, the United Nations Security Council has embraced a unique approach in a joint effort with the (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons). That's never happened before. They agreed within a record period of time to follow the framework that Minister Lavrov and I negotiated in Geneva, and they put it into place both in The Hague as well as at the United Nations."
Kerry said the operation was a terrific example of cooperation on a global level to accomplish the goal. He said it was significant that within a week of the resolution being passed, some chemical weapons were already being destroyed.
While Kerry credited the regime of Bashar al-Assad, he said the situation would need to be monitored all the way until the end.
"I think it's also credit to the Assad regime for complying rapidly, as they are supposed to," Kerry said. "Now, we hope that will continue. I'm not going to vouch today for what happens months down the road, but it's a good beginning, and we should welcome a good beginning."