AP Television - AP Clients Only
Washington, DC - 27 September 2013
1. Wide shot of President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Oval Office
2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Barack Obama, U. S. President
"Yesterday, the United States and Russia were able to hammer out an agreement partnering with the other members of the P5 and the Security Council around Syria eliminating its chemical weapons and ultimately having them destroyed by the international community. This is something that we have long sought and the fact that we now have a framework that will be voted on, perhaps as soon as today, perhaps over the weekend or Monday that would be legally binding, that would be verifiable and enforceable where there would be consequences for Syria's failure to meet what has been set forth in this resolution I think is a potentially huge victory for the international community."
3. Cutaway of press
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Barack Obama, U. S. President
"We are very hopeful about the prospects for what can be accomplished but obviously there is a lot of work to be done."
5. Wide shot of Obama and Singh in Oval Office
U. S. President Barack Obama is hailing a United Nations resolution to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons, calling it a "potentially huge victory for the international community."
During an Oval Office meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Obama applauded the framework that he said is legally binding, verifiable and enforceable.
The draft resolution demands that Syria abandon its chemical stockpile and allow unfettered access to chemical weapons experts.
If Syria fails to comply, the council will need to adopt a second resolution to impose consequences.
Obama argued his threat of military strikes was crucial to reaching the agreement, but he always preferred a diplomatic solution.
The president said that while there are "legitimate concerns" about how to get the chemical weapons out of Syria while fighting continues, he remains "very hopeful about the prospects for what can be accomplished."