Assad says Syria to hand over chemical arms

2013-09-12 15:59

Moscow – Syria President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with Russian television that Syria would place its chemical weapons under international control, in line with a proposal from Moscow.

“Syria is handing over chemical weapons under international control because of Russia,” Assad was quoted as telling the Rossiya 24 state news channel today.

“US threats have not affected the decision,” he added.

President Jacob Zuma again insisted today that global security matters such as the Syrian crisis must be dealt with by the UN.

Speaking to members of the parliamentary Press Gallery Association, Zuma referred to last week’s G20 summit, which saw South Africa, Russia, China, India, Indonesia, Brazil, and Argentina speak out against a possible US-led military strike on the strife-torn country.

“We emphasised our view that the United Nations Security Council is better placed to handle the Syrian question within the ambit of international law,” Zuma said.

“South Africa raised sharply the need to respect the United Nations and multilateralism in issues of global security.”

Certain Western countries are reportedly drawing up a possible military response – likely to be limited to missile attacks – to a suspected chemical-weapons attack near Damascus last month that activists say killed hundreds of people.

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