Syrian opposition also demands ban on air strikes

As a Syrian minister on Sunday hailed “victory” for Syria and thanked Russia on the chemical weapons deal to avert US military strike, an opposition group isn’t satisfied.

Zee Media Bureau/Himanshu Kapoor

Beirut: As a Syrian minister on Sunday hailed “victory” for Syria and thanked Russia on the chemical weapons deal to avert US military strike, an opposition group isn’t satisfied.

The opposition is also demanding restriction on the Syrian regime’s air power calling for the end of the use of air strikes over populated areas.

President Bashar al-Assad`s jets and artillery hit rebel suburbs of the capital again on Sunday in an offensive that residents said began last week when Obama delayed air strikes in the face of opposition from Moscow and his own electorate.

It is skeptical about the chemical weapons deal as it asked the rebel forces to strengthen its military capabilities.

The ambitious plan to dismantle and destroy Syria`s chemical arms stockpile -- one of the largest in the world -- by mid-2014 was thrashed out during three days of talks in Geneva between US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

It gives Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a week to hand over details of his regime`s arsenal of the internationally banned arms in order to avert unspecified sanctions and the threat of US-led military strikes. With the deal, Syria must submit details of its chemical stockpile within a week.
Syria also recently agreed to join the global Chemical Weapons Convention which prohibits the development, production, stockpiling, transfer, and use of chemical weapons. The country would come under the treaty from October 14.
The US had threatened Syria that it will attack the country citing the reasons that the regime has used chemical weapons in August which killed hundreds outside Damascus.