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Mixed reactions to Russia's proposal on Syria

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Mixed reactions to Russia's proposal on Syria


UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said on Monday that if weapons inspectors confirm the use of chemical weapons in Syria the international community would have to act.

He was speaking in New York after returning from St.Petersburg where he attended the G20 summit:

“I’m considering urging the Security Council to demand the immediate transfer of Syria’s chemical weapons and chemical precursor stocks to places inside Syria where they can be safely stored and destroyed.”

Meanwhile in London, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with British Foreign Secretary William Hague to discuss the Syrian crisis and spoke at a news conference afterwards:

“Sure, he can turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week. Turn it over, all of it without delay and allow a full and total accounting for that. But he isn’t about to do it and it can’t be done obviously,”

Kerry also had a telephone conversation on Monday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Russia opposes any military intervention in Syria.

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