U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pushes for the immediate elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons through peaceful means.
“Time is short. Let’s not spend time debating what we already know” said Kerry.
On August 21, there was a chemical weapons attack outside Damascus that killed about 1,400 people.
Many members of the U.N. believe that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government were behind the attack which they have continuously denied.
After an investigation by U.N. chemical weapons inspectors, suspicion of al-Assaad government has increased.
“Anybody who reads the facts and puts the dots together…understands what those facts mean,” Kerry said.
Russia, an ally of Syria described the report as “distorted” and also say, Syria has provided evidence that shows that rebels were behind the chemical attack.
There has been an attempt to end this divide as Russia has offered a proposal that would take away the Syrian government’s chemical weapons stockpile; Russia said they were willing to help destroy all of Syria’s chemical weapons, and also, Syria has verbally agreed to this proposal.
The main issue is the inclusion of military action along with the proposal.
The U.S. and French believe military action is crucial in case al-Assad and his government decide to back out of the proposal.
“The threat of using force is far from being the way to solve all international problems,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.
In the wake of all of this, al-Assad says he welcomes the U.N. inspectors again since he believes they haven’t finished investigating yet.
Another visit could occur as early as next week.
It is believed that there have been about 100,000 casualties since March 2011, 2 million people who have fled their homes due to the conditions of the war, and another 4.25 million who are displaced.