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Syria says it accepted Russian weapons proposal

Syria says it has accepted Russia

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov listens to Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdelaziz, in Moscow on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. Lavrov and Abdelaziz focused on cooperation in the energy and investment sectors at negotiations in Moscow. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

MOSCOW (AP) - Syria says it has accepted Russia's proposal to place its chemical weapons under international control for subsequent dismantling.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said Tuesday after meeting with Russian parliament speaker that his government quickly agreed to the Russian initiative to "derail the U.S. aggression."

Meanwhile, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Russia is now working with Syria to prepare a detailed plan of action, which will be presented shortly.

Lavrov said that Russia will then be ready to finalize the plan together with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

President Barack Obama said Monday the Russian proposal could be "potentially a significant breakthrough," but he remained skeptical that Syria would follow through.

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The Arab League chief has expressed support for Russia's proposal to put Syria's chemical weapons under international control.

Nabil Elaraby told reporters on Tuesday that the Arab League has been always in favor of a "political resolution." He added, "thank God."

The Arab league has blamed the Syrian government for the alleged chemical weapons attack near Damascus that killed hundreds of people and called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice. However it didn't support military action without U.N. consent.


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