News / USA

Syria Likely to Dominate Obama-Cameron Talks

US President Barack Obama (R) and British Prime Minister David Cameron are seen at the White House in Washington in this March 14, 2012, file photo.US President Barack Obama (R) and British Prime Minister David Cameron are seen at the White House in Washington in this March 14, 2012, file photo.
x
US President Barack Obama (R) and British Prime Minister David Cameron are seen at the White House in Washington in this March 14, 2012, file photo.
US President Barack Obama (R) and British Prime Minister David Cameron are seen at the White House in Washington in this March 14, 2012, file photo.
The situation in Syria and efforts to halt bloodshed there will be a major topic on the agenda of talks Monday between President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron.
 
Monday's meeting will cover the range of global issues, including the agenda for next month's G8 Summit, as well as issues such as Iran and Middle East peace efforts.
 
But the flurry of diplomatic activity on Syria means that issue is likely to dominate the Oval Office talks.
 
The United States and Russia want to organize an international conference in Geneva to press President Bashar al-Assad and rebels fighting to oust him to engage in peace talks.
 
Obama has made clear that Assad must "exit the stage" as he recently put it.  The U.S., Britain and other partners also continue to gather evidence about possible chemical weapons use in Syria.
 
Secretary of State John Kerry said in a Google-sponsored event on Friday that a path forward in Syria depends on political willpower and compromise.
 
"We all owe the world the best effort possible to try to get there and to explore in good faith whether or not we can end the violence, end the bloodshed, avoid a complete disintegration. And my judgment is that if we get to this meeting in Geneva, the arguments will be very clear to everybody as to who is prepared to be reasonable and who is not prepared to be reasonable."

Watch related video by Kent Klein:
Syria Likely to Dominate Obama-Cameron Meetingi
X
May 10, 2013 11:12 PM
President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron are expected to concentrate on Syria when they meet Monday at the White House. As VOA’s Kent Klein reports, the leaders hope to work with Russia to stop the bloodshed in Syria.

At a news conference this past week with South Korea's president, Park Geun-hye, Obama said the U.S. has a national security and moral obligation to end slaughter and ensure a stable Syria.
 
He said any new U.S. action beyond non-lethal support for Syrian rebels will be based on hard-headed analysis, but added that his record shows he follows through once decisions are made.
 
"There have been several instances during the course of my presidency when I said I was going to do something - and it ended up getting done."
 
On chances for success at any international conference on Syria, Michael O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institution is skeptical that Russia would be willing to re-assess and consider a future in Syria without Assad.
 
"I would be delighted if Russia all of a sudden would become a supportive, cooperative part of this dynamic but I am skeptical, and I think we should probably view this as the beginning of a process that is going to take quite a while to play out and not get our hopes up too high right now."
 
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked Friday about remarks by Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in an NBC News interview, about the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
 
Citing intelligence reports and other evidence, Erdogan said it is clear the Assad regime has used chemical weapons, adding the Syrian regime passed President Obama's "red line" a long time ago."
 
Jay Carney repeated President Obama's position that more work needs to be done before a "complete picture" is in hand about chemical weapons.
 
"In this case we believe very strongly that the intelligence work done here has been very solid but it is not the end of a process, it is closer to the beginning.”
 
In his NBC interview, Prime Minister Erdogan said he plans to share with President Obama evidence of chemical weapons use in Syria, saying the U.S. needs to take further steps.

You May Like

Cambodia Seeks Official UN Maps for Vietnam Border

Notice of request comes as 2 countries open border talks Tuesday after a clash last month More

From South Africa to Vietnam, Cyclists Deliver Message Against Rhino Horns

Appalled by poaching they saw firsthand, sisters embark on tour to raise awareness in countries where rhino horn products are in demand More

Uber Wants Johannesburg Police Protection

Request follows recent protests outside ride-hailing service's Johannesburg office More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Michael from: USA
May 12, 2013 9:50 AM
Going to war with Syria takes on a hint of insanity that hopefully will be corrected by talks with Prime Minister Cameron. Cameron has shown the ability to make peace efforts fuse with realism. Hopefully they talk about how the diplomatic work can succeed

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
New Implant Could Help Restore Movement to Paralyzed Limbsi
|| 0:00:00
...    
🔇
X
Maia Pujara
July 07, 2015 10:01 PM
A half-million people suffer spinal cord injuries each year because of car accidents, serious falls and diseases, according to the World Health Organization. Researchers are now working on a soft but strong spinal cord implant that could one day restore movement in paralyzed individuals. VOA’s Maia Pujara reports.
Video

Video New Implant Could Help Restore Movement to Paralyzed Limbs

A half-million people suffer spinal cord injuries each year because of car accidents, serious falls and diseases, according to the World Health Organization. Researchers are now working on a soft but strong spinal cord implant that could one day restore movement in paralyzed individuals. VOA’s Maia Pujara reports.
Video

Video Getting it Done Beyond a Nuclear Deal

If a nuclear deal is reached between Iran and world powers in Vienna, it will be a highly technical road map to be used to monitor nuclear activity in Iran for years to come to ensure Tehran does not make nuclear weapons. Equally as complicated will be dismantling international sanctions that were originally intended to be ironclad. VOA’s Heather Murdock talks to experts about the key challenges any deal will present.
Video

Video Rice Farmers Frustrated As Drought Grips Thailand

A severe drought in Thailand is limiting the growing season of the country’s important rice crop. Farmers are blaming the government for not doing more to protect a key export. Steve Sandford reports from Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Video

Video Making Music, Fleeing Bombs: New Film on Sudan’s Internal Refugees

In 2012, Sudanese filmmaker Hajooj Kuka went to make a documentary among civil war refugees in Sudan’s Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains region. What he found surprised him: music was helping to save people from bombing raids by their own government. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has more.
Video

Video 'From This Day Forward' Reveals Difficult Journey of Transgender Parent

In her documentary, "From This Day Forward", filmmaker Sharon Shattuck reveals the personal journey of her transgender father, as he told his family that he always felt he was a woman inside and decided to live as one. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.
Video

Video Floodwaters Threaten Iconic American Home

The Farnsworth House in the Midwest State of Illinois is one of the most iconic homes in America. Thousands of tourists visit the site every year. Its location near a river inspired the design of the house, but, as VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, that very location is now threatening the existence of this National Historic Landmark.
Video

Video Olympics Construction Scars Sacred Korean Mountain

Environmentalists in South Korea are protesting a Winter Olympics construction project to build a ski slope through a 500-year-old protected forest. Brian Padden reports that although there is strong national support for hosting the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, there are growing public concerns over the costs and possible ecological damage at the revered mountain.
Video

Video Xenophobia Victims in South Africa Flee Violence, Then Return

Many Malawians fled South Africa early this year after xenophobic attacks on African immigrants. But many quickly found life was no better at home and have returned to South Africa – often illegally and without jobs, and facing the tough task of having to start over. Lameck Masina and Anita Powell file from Johannesburg.
Video

Video Family of American Marine Calls for Release From Iranian Prison

As the crowd of journalists covering the Iran talks swells, so too do the opportunities for media coverage.  Hoping to catch the attention of high-level diplomats, the family of American-Iranian marine Amir Hekmati is in Vienna, pleading for his release from an Iranian prison after nearly 4 years.  VOA’s Heather Murdock reports from Vienna.
Video

Video UK Holds Terror Drill as MPs Mull Tunisia Response

After pledging a tough response to last Friday’s terror attack in Tunisia, which came just days before the 10th anniversary of the bomb attacks on London’s transport network, British security services are shifting their focus to overseas counter-terror operations. VOA's Henry Ridgwell has more.
Video

Video Hate Groups Spread Influence Via Internet

Hate groups of various kinds are using the Internet for propaganda and recruitment, and a Jewish human rights organization that monitors these groups, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, says their influence is growing. The messages are different, but the calls to hatred or violence are similar. VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports.
Video

Video Blind Somali Journalist Defies Odds in Mogadishu

Despite improving security in the last few years, Somalia remains one of the most dangerous countries to be a journalist – even more so for someone who cannot see. Abdulaziz Billow has the story of journalist Abdifatah Hassan Kalgacal, who has been reporting from the Somali capital for the last decade despite being blind.

VOA Blogs