Syria accepts Russian chemical weapons proposals

Moscow: Syria will join the international chemical weapons convention, the country’s ambassador to Russia said on Thursday.
On Monday, Russia had proposed a fresh initiative on the Syrian crisis, calling for putting the chemical stockpiles of the Damascus government under international control, a move that was designed to spare Syria a possible US military strike over alleged use of poisonous gas by the Syrian government in populated areas on August 21. “We have fully accepted the Russian initiative, this is a very good and great initiative,” Haddad told ITAR-TASS. He said though Syria has agreed to the Russian initiative, many details still needed to be negotiated. “As you know there is the Charter of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and it has its rules. It is necessary to observe them,” the ambassador said. But, at the same he gave the assurance that “Syria was ready to join the Chemical Weapons Convention at once in compliance with requests of friends in Russia”. “This is purely a technical issue,” he said.

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