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.