Syrian Crisis May Be Resolved Through Diplomacy

By

Word Count

300 words

Reading Level

Listen to Article

Just a few weeks ago there was a major debate going on between world leaders about what the best course of action was to prevent another incident of the chemical attack like the one the innocent residents of Syria were subjected to, on August 21st, 2013.

The USA and France wanted to conduct air strikes to try destroy the government's chemical arsenal, while Russia and many other countries in the world were leaning towards a diplomatic solution. After much argument, a compromise was reached.

On September 14th, the United Sates and the Bashar Al Assad's closest ally, Russia, announced that they would work with the Syrian government to eliminate the country's chemical weapon hoard by mid-2014. The landmark decision to try solve this issue peacefully through diplomacy was met with relief by nations all across the world.

Under the agreement struck between US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, in order to avoid air strikes the Syrian government would share the details of its chemical weapon stockpiles within a week. Following that they would grant inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) complete access to the weapons no later than November 2013.

On Friday, September 20th, the Syrian government complied with the first condition by sending in a list of its chemical weapons to the OPCW, a consortium of 189 countries that have signed an agreement outlawing such arsenal. While no details have been released with regards to the weapons, the fact that President Assad has fulfilled the first request indicates that he many be willing to work out a settlement. This has led to tepid optimism that a peaceful resolution will be reached, averting what could have become a major crisis. We sure hope that the process continues peacefully!

Resources: nydailynews.com, news.yahoo.com, worldnews.nbc.com

Cite Article
Geography
Learn Keywords in this Article
148 Comments
  • gooding20623
    gooding20623about 2 months
    Awesome!
    • bnatmanover 5 years
      cool
      • sadover 5 years
        i agree
        • Nainaabout 7 years
          I don't think any of us would want to be in the place of Syria but I really think the close countries should help more.
          • mrover 7 years
            great website
            • bobover 7 years
              i love syira and I dont like them getting hurt or do i
              • tashaunaalmost 8 years
                But why start war
                • Jwhit030almost 8 years
                  I feel think the incidents in the middle are really wrecking the area. Also working with Russia is a great idea because we can store troops and supply's there if need to stop a fast action battle. The resolution so good is pretty peaceful so there's no big chemical war yet. Good job guys.
                  • Janealmost 9 years
                    Where did the world leaders meet? I'm doing my project on this article....It's due tomorrow. I'm such a procrastinator.
                    • 1harrypotterfanabout 9 years
                      ain't nobody got time for that