Syria has accepted a Russian proposal to give up chemical weapons and even to join an international convention on the prohibition of such armaments.
It was a major announcement by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Al-Moallem, whose government until now has refused to acknowledge they had any.
“We are ready to reveal the location of our chemical weapons, halt the production of them and also show these facilities to representatives of Russia, other states and to the United Nations. Our adherence to the Russian initiative has the purpose of halting the possession of all chemical weapons.”
But the White House wants a United Nations resolution to back the proposals, with the option of military force to make sure Syria complies – something which Russia’s president has said is unacceptable.
“This all just makes sense if the United States rejects the use of force, because it’s difficult to force any country – Syria or any other country in the world – to disarm unilaterally when there is military action being prepared against it,” said President Vladimir Putin.
Meanwhile Syria’s President Bashar al Assad continues to deny his forces were responsible for the alleged chemical attack last month and has warned of serious repercussions if the US launches any military strikes.