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Iran Press TV

Arab League backs plan to put Syria chemical arms under intl. control

Iran Press TV

Tue Sep 10, 2013 1:2PM GMT

The Arab League has supported a plan to put Syria's chemical weapons stockpile under international control.

The League will "soon issue a statement announcing its support officially" for the plan initiated by Russia, said Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Arabi in the Egyptian capital Cairo, on Tuesday.

"If you remember, I always insisted that (the Syrian conflict) needs a political solution,' al-Arabi added.

The plan, which has been "welcomed" by Damascus, was made during a meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Syrian counterpart Walid Muallem in Moscow on Monday.

The Russian initiative came shortly after US Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters in London that the only way for Syria to avert US military action is to hand over its entire stockpile of chemical weapons within a week.

The US has based its recent threat of striking Syria on the unsubstantiated accusation that the Syrian government was behind a chemical attack in Damascus on August 21. The Syrian government has categorically rejected the allegation.

The White House, however, says it has no "irrefutable" evidence of the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons and that only a "strong common-sense test irrespective of the intelligence" suggests the Syrian army was responsible for the August poison gas attack.

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. The United Nations has reported that more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions displaced due to the violence.


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