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

    How Aleppo Rebels Plan to Withstand Assad's Siege

    Rebels in Aleppo are laying plans to withstand a siege by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in likelihood the regime cuts a final main supply line running west of city

    Probe Targeting China's Statistic Head Sparks Concern

    Economists now asking what prompted government to launch an investigation only months after Wang Baoan had been vetted for crucial job

    HRW: Both Sides in Ukraine Conflict Targeted, Used Schools

    Rights group documents how both sides in Ukraine conflict carried out attacks on schools and used them for military purposes

    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.
    Russia's Car Sales Shrink Overall, But Luxury and Economy Models See Growthi
    X
    February 10, 2016 5:54 AM
    Car sales in Russia dropped by more than a third in 2015 because of the country's economic woes. But, at the extreme ends of the car market, luxury vehicles and some economy brands are actually experiencing growth. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.
    Video

    Video Russia's Car Sales Shrink Overall, But Luxury and Economy Models See Growth

    Car sales in Russia dropped by more than a third in 2015 because of the country's economic woes. But, at the extreme ends of the car market, luxury vehicles and some economy brands are actually experiencing growth. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.
    Video

    Video Civil Rights Pioneer Remembers Struggle for Voting Rights

    February is Black History Month in the United States. The annual, month-long national observance pays tribute to important people and events that shaped the history of African Americans. VOA's Chris Simkins reports how one man fought against discrimination to help millions of blacks obtain the right to vote
    Video

    Video Jordanian Theater Group Stages Anti-Terrorism Message

    The lure of the self-styled “Islamic State” has many parents worried about their children who may be susceptible to the organization’s online propaganda. Dozens of Muslim communities in the Middle East are fighting back -- giving young adults alternatives to violence. One group in Jordan is using dramatic expression a send a family message. Mideast Broadcasting Network correspondent Haider Al Abdali shared this report with VOA. It’s narrated by Bronwyn Benito
    Video

    Video Migrant Crisis Fuels Debate Over Britain’s Future in EU

    The migrant crisis in Europe is fueling the debate in Britain ahead of a referendum on staying in the European Union that may be held this year. Prime Minister David Cameron warns that leaving the EU could lead to thousands more migrants arriving in the country. Meanwhile, tension is rising in Calais, France, where thousands of migrants are living in squalid camps. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
    Video

    Video Valentine's Day Stinks for Lebanese Clowns

    This weekend, on Valentine's Day in Lebanon, love is not the only thing in the air. More than half a year after the country's trash crisis began, the stink of uncollected garbage remains on the streets. Step forward "Clown Me In," a group of clowns who use their skills for activism. Before the most romantic day of the year the clowns have released their unusual take on love in Lebanon -- in a bid to keep the pressure up and get the trash off the streets. John Owens reports from Beirut.
    Video

    Video Families Flee Aleppo for Kurdish Regions in Syria

    Not all who flee the fighting in Aleppo are trying to cross the border into Turkey. A VOA reporter caught up with several families heading for Kurdish-held areas of northern Syria.
    Video

    Video Rocky Year Ahead for Nigeria Amid Oil Price Crash

    The global fall in the price of oil has rattled the economies of many petroleum exporters, and Africa’s oil king Nigeria is no exception. As Chris Stein reports from Lagos, analysts are predicting a rough year ahead for the continent’s top producer of crude.
    Video

    Video 'No Means No' Program Targets Sexual Violence in Kenya

    The organizers of an initiative to reduce and stop rape in the informal settlements around Kenya's capital say their program is having marked success. Girls are taking self-defense classes while the boys are learning how to protect the girls and respect them. Lenny Ruvaga reports from Nairobi.
    Video

    Video Chocolate Lovers Get a Sweet History Lesson

    Observed in many countries around the world, Valentine’s Day is sometimes celebrated with chocolate festivals. But at a festival near Washington, the visitors experience a bit more than a sugar rush. They go on a sweet journey through history. VOA’s June Soh takes us to the festival.
    Video

    Video 'Smart' Bandages Could Heal Wounds More Quickly

    Simple bandages are usually seen as the first line of attack in healing small to moderate wounds and burns. But scientists say new synthetic materials with embedded microsensors could turn bandages into a much more valuable tool for emergency physicians. VOA’s George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video Researchers Use 3-D Printer to Produce Transplantable Body Parts

    Human organ transplants have become fairly common around the world in the past few decades. Researchers at various universities are coordinating their efforts to find solutions -- including teams at the University of Pennsylvania and Rice University in Houston that are experimenting with a 3-D printer -- to make blood vessels and other structures for implant. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Houston, they are also using these artificial body parts to seek ways of defeating cancerous tumors.
    Video

    Video Helping the Blind 'See' Great Art

    There are 285 million blind and visually impaired people in the world who are unable to enjoy visual art at a museum. One New York photographer is trying to fix this situation by making tangible copies of the world’s masterpieces. VOA correspondent Victoria Kupchinetsky was there as visually impaired people got a feel for great art. Joy Wagner narrates her report.
    Video

    Video German Artists to Memorialize Refugees With Life Jacket Exhibit

    Sold in every kind of shop in some Turkish port towns, life jackets have become a symbol of the refugee crisis that brought a million people to Europe in 2015.  On the shores of Lesbos, Greece, German artists collect discarded life jackets as they prepare an art installation they plan to display in Germany.  For VOA, Hamada Elrasam has this report from Lesbos, Greece.
    Video

    Video E-readers Help Ease Africa's Book Shortage

    Millions of people in Africa can't read, and there's a chronic shortage of books. A non-profit organization called Worldreader is trying to help change all that one e-reader at a time. VOA’s Deborah Block tells us about a girls' school in Nairobi, Kenya where Worldreader is making a difference.