|September 9, 2013
Remember when Gaddafi gave up his chemical weaponsthinking it would protect him from a US attack?
The Syrian Foreign Ministry has welcomed Russia’s call to hand control over its chemical weapons to the international community.
“Syria Arab Republic welcomes Russia’s initiative, based on the Syrian’s government care about the lives of our people and security of our country,” Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said in response to the statement by his Russian counterpart.
“We are calling on the Syrian authorities not only agree on putting chemical weapons storages under international control, but also for its further destruction and then joining the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons,” Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said earlier.
Britain has responded to the Russia-Syria dialogue, saying that the chemical weapons handover idea for Syria must not be used as a “distraction tactic”.
“If Syria were to put its chemical weapons beyond use under international supervision clearly that would be a big step forward,” Cameron told parliament. “We have to be careful though to make sure this is not a distraction tactic to discuss something else rather than the problem on the table.”