Syria: We Will Stop Producing Chemical Weapons

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

President Obama will address the nation at 6PM Pacific time Tuesday regarding the issue of Syria, chemical weapons and a proposed military strike, You can see it on KOLO 8 News Now and streaming live on kolotv.com.

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin says that a plan for Syria to turn over its chemical weapons stockpile will only work if the United States agrees not to use force.

Putin told reporters on Tuesday that the plan "can work, only in the event that we hear that the American side and those who support the U.S.A, in this sense, reject the use of force."

President Barack Obama has thrown his support behind a French resolution to the U.N. Security Council even as he pushes the idea of U.S. airstrikes against Assad's regime if that effort fails.

The resolution would demand that Syria open its chemical weapons program to inspection, place it under international control, and ultimately dismantle it.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

Syria's foreign minister says President Bashar Assad's regime will declare its chemical weapons arsenal and sign the chemical weapons convention.

Walid al-Moallem also says Syria is ready to cooperate fully to implement a Russian proposal to put its chemical weapons arsenal under international control and it will stop producing chemical weapons.

He adds that Syria will also place chemical weapons locations in the hands of representatives of Russia, "other countries" and the United Nations.

He spoke Tuesday exclusively to the Al-Mayadeen TV station.

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MOSCOW (AP) - Russia says it's working on the details of its proposal for Syria to place its chemical weapons under international control for subsequent dismantling.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Tuesday that Russia is now working with Syria to prepare a detailed plan of action, which will be presented shortly.

Lavrov said that Russia will then be ready to finalize the plan together with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Syria on Monday quickly welcomed Russia's initiative, which Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed with President Barack Obama at the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in St. Petersburg last week. Obama said Monday the proposal could be "potentially a significant breakthrough," but he remained skeptical that Syria would follow through.


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