Syria accepts Russian weapons plan as France seeks UN resolution
The Syrian government has accepted a Russian proposal to put its chemical weapons under international control in a bid to avoid a possible U.S. military strike, Interfax news agency quoted Syria's foreign minister as saying on Tuesday.
"We held a very fruitful round of talks with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov yesterday, and he proposed an initiative relating to chemical weapons. And in the evening we agreed to the Russian initiative," Interfax quoted the minister, Walid al-Moualem, as telling the speaker of Russia's lower house parliament house in Moscow.
He said Syria had agreed, because this would "remove the grounds for American aggression," the report said.
It comes as France plans to submit a resolution calling for Syria's chemical weapons stockpile to be turned over to international control to the United Nations Security Council, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said at a press conference in Paris Tuesday.
Fabius said that the resolution would threaten "extremely serious" consequences if Syria violates conditions on chemical weapons.
Fabius added that all options are still on the table regarding Syria. France has previously spoken out in support of limited air strikes in Syria, backing President Barack Obama's push for an attack, which had slowed in response to a growing domestic and international outcry against the move.Read more.