Damascus to comply with UN on arms plan: Syrian minister

Last Updated: Monday, September 16, 2013 - 08:41

London: Damascus will commit to a US-Russian plan to eradicate its chemical weapons once it has United Nations approval, Syria`s information minister told British television today, adding that the regime had already begun preparing relevant documents.

"Syria is committing itself to whatever comes from the UN," Omran al-Zoubi told ITN. "We accept the Russian plan to get rid of our chemical weapons. In fact we`ve started preparing our list.

We are already documenting our papers and we have started to do our job," he added. "We don`t waste time."

His comments come a day after US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov announced an ambitious deal to dismantle and destroy Syria`s chemical arms stockpile by mid-2014.

Syria will implement the US-Russian deal when it "turns into something more concrete" following a UN Security Council vote, Zoubi said.

"For 40 years Syria has always been trusted once it has committed itself."

Zoubi vowed that war-torn Syria would "absolutely" grant access to weapons inspectors, saying the country "respects and honours what it says."

"We take this agreement very seriously," the minister said.


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First Published: Monday, September 16, 2013 - 08:41

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