Syria, Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, U.S. Senate, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, October 31, 2013   [open pdf - 266KB]

This is the October 21, 2013 hearing on Syria held before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. From the opening statement of Robert Menendez: "Seven million Syrians -- a third of the country's population -- have fled their homes. More than two million refugees -- half of them children -- have fled to surrounding countries. […] I'm concerned about what comes next strategically at the political, diplomatic, and humanitarian levels. […] The only positive note is the progress we are making on destroying and dismantling Syria's chemical weapons infrastructure and supply. Today the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons confirmed that is has destroyed the equipment Syria used to make chemical weapons. And so far, inspectors have visited 21 of the 23 chemical weapons sites initially identified by Syrian authorities. […] We must also call on other donor-nations to join us in this time of greatest need: Syria is now a global problem. Finally, we need an answer as to what can be done to push all sides in this conflict toward a settlement and a future for Syria that does not include Assad." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Bob Corker, Robert S. Ford, Thomas M. Countryman, Nancy Lindborg, Frederic C. Hof, Leslie H. Gelb, and Robert Menendez.

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