|Radosław SIkorski (left) with John Kerry (right)|
Courtesy of US State Department/Michael Gross
German daily Die Welt wrote that Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski outlined a Syria chemical weapons deal similar to the one proposed by both US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov before these were made public.
According to the newspaper, Mr Sikorski spoke with Mr Kerry on the phone and outlined his proposal on August 29. Mr Sikorski talked about his idea for a peaceful resolution in an interview with French Le Monde on the following day. “If Russia, which opposes carrying out a military intervention in Syria, declared to take responsibility for securing that arsenal, it would make a difference,” Mr Sikorski said.
“I am pleased that the Polish initiative put forward by Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski during his talks with Secretary Kerry presents an opportunity to resolve the issue of chemical weapons in Syria,” Polish ambassador to the US Ryszard Schnepf told BuzzFeed.
The plan proposed by both Mr Kerry and Mr Lavrov on different occasions stipulates that Syrian regime will put its chemical weapons under international control to avoid a possible US military strike.
Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moualem said that his government would accept Russian proposal
Meanwhile, US president Barack Obama has said that if Syria cooperates with the proposal, he would consider suspending his plan for military strikes. “This could potentially be a significant breakthrough. But we have to be skeptical because this is not how we have seen them operate over the last couple of years,” President Obama told NBC News.