Syria may give up chemical weapons: Prime-Minister of Syria

11 September 2013 11:19
Damascus supports the initiative put forward by Moscow, which is aimed at ceasing bloodshed in Syria and prevention of a full-out war which can engulf the whole region, said Prime minister of Syria Wael al-Halqi, reports Itar-Tass. “Syria supports Russia’s initiative which hopes to put an end to bloodshed and prevent war,” SANA news agency quotes him as saying. Earlier this week Russia urged Syria to place chemical weapons under international control. “We do not know whether Syria will agree to this, but if such international control over chemical weapons in that country helps avoid the strikes, we will start working with Damascus immediately,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday, September 9. “We urged the Syrian leadership not only to come to agreement on the placement of chemical weapons storage sites under international control but also on their subsequent disposal and on [Syria’s] full accession to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons,” Lavrov said. “We have already passed this proposal to Syrian Minister of Foreign Affairs Walid Muallem and expect a quick, and I hope positive, reply”- he said. As reported earlier U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said earlier that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad regime could avoid a military operation against his country by surrendering its chemical weapons. On Tuesday John Kerry confirmed that the U.S., France and United Kingdom agreed to look into the option proposed by Russia within two weeks.