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Syria Agrees To Chemical Weapons Ban

Colin Hale |
September 10, 2013 | 12:13 p.m. PDT

Executive Producer

Syrian FM Walid Al-Muallem/Flickr Creative Commons
Syrian FM Walid Al-Muallem/Flickr Creative Commons
Syria is ready to sign the Chemical Weapons Convention and open its chemical weapons storage sites to international inspectors, according to the Syrian foreign minister.

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Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said in an interview with Al-Maydeen TV (Lebanon) that Syria "fully support[s] Russia's initiative concerning chemical weapons in Syria, and we are ready to cooperate." 

Al-Muallem continued:

"As part of the plan, we intend to join the Chemical Weapons Convention...We will open our storage sites, and cease production. We are ready to open these facilities to Russia, other countries and the United Nations."

Al-Muallem's announcement follows a flurry of developments on Tuesday regarding Syria's civil war, including Obama's announcement that the U.S. might be willing to accept Russia's proposal and that negotiations would begin immediately in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

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The U.S. has insisted that any deal with Syria must be in a binding UNSC resolution that "sets consequences for Syrian non-compliance." 

Read more about Syria's response to Russia's proposal at CNN.

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