This is meaningful progress which many believed would be impossible. The progress must continue.
Secretary Kerry on Eliminating Chemical Weapons in Syria, October 31, 2013
Aid workers must have full access to do their jobs now. The world cannot sit by watching innocents die.
Secretary Kerry on Syria in OpEd in Foreign Policy Magazine

Listen to Secretary Kerry’s Morning Edition interview on npr with about Afghanistan and Syria.

The scale and scope of the crisis in Syria is staggering. Seven million Syrians – a third of the country’s entire population – have fled their homes. More than two million of them are identified refugees – half of them, children.
Deputy Secretary of State Burns on Syria. Read his full remarks here:

Yesterday, President Obama announced the United States will provide $339 million in additional U.S. humanitarian aid to support those affected by the ongoing crisis in Syria. This new announcement brings the total U.S. funding for humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people to nearly $1.4 billion since the crisis began.

The Netherlands has been a very staunch, early, immediate supporter of our efforts to try to eliminate chemical weapons in Syria.
Secretary Kerry during his remarks with Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans, September 20, 2013

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks to the press on Syria at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC on September 19, 2013. A text transcript can be found at