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article imageSyria agrees with Russian proposal to hand over chemical weapons

By Mathew Wace Peck     Sep 10, 2013 in Politics
Syria has agreed with a Russian proposal to hand over its chemical-weapons arsenal in order to avert bloodshed, Sky News reports. Also, U.S. senators are drafting a Congressional resolution to give the UN time to take control of the chemical arsenal.
According to the report, the Syrian prime minister, Wael al Halki, and his government had made the decision to accept the proposal, which was put forward by Russia yesterday, in order to "spare Syrian blood."
Sky goes on to quote Interfax, the Russian news agency, which has given details of a meeting held between Syria's foreign minister, Walid al Moualem, and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov.
Al Moualem confirmed to Interfax, Sky says, "We held a very fruitful round of talks with foreign minister Sergei Lavrov yesterday, and he proposed an initiative relating to chemical weapons. In the evening, we agreed to the Russian initiative."
He continued, the report said, saying that Syria had agreed to Russia's proposal in order to "remove the grounds for American aggression".
Responding to a Russian proposal on Syria’s chemical weapons and to avert a strike by the United States, a bipartisan group of eight American senators is drafting an alternative Congressional resolution to give the United Nations time to take control of the Assad regime’s chemical arsenal, according to the New York Times.
Last month, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, challenged the US to prove that the Syrian regime had authorised the use of chemical weapons on its own people, pointing out that it would be “utter nonsense” for the Syrian government to provoke its opponents with such attacks.
Despite Russia's proposal to avert a US-led war against Syria, as already reported by Digital Journal, the US remains "highly skeptical" about the country and its president, Bashar Hafez al-Assad.
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