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Kerry Wants Syria Chemical Weapons Out

October 17, 2013

Secretary of State John Kerry says he hopes the Syrian government's chemical weapons will be rapidly consolidated into one location, put on a ship and removed from the region.

Kerry told National Public Radio he will meet with the Syrian opposition Tuesday in London. He says the sites of Syrian President Bashar Assad's chemical weapons have been declared and are being secured.

In London, Kerry will try to set up a conference in Geneva to find a political resolution to the bloody civil war in Syria.

The main alliance of political opposition groups has said it will only negotiate if it is agreed from the start that Assad will leave power at the end of a transition period.

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Original headline: Kerry wants chemical arms shipped out of Syria

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