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China supports Russian proposal about Syria chemical weapons

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China has supported the Russian proposal to Syria to put its chemical weapons stockpile under the control of the United Nations.

“We welcome and support the Russian side’s suggestion,” China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said on Tuesday in his regular briefing.

“As long as the suggestion is conducive to easing the current tension in Syria, solving the Syria issue politically and safeguarding peace and stability of Syria and the region, the international community should give positive consideration to it,” he said.

The proposal, 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.

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 UN and a number of European countries have already welcomed the Russian proposal.

However, the Syrian foreign-backed opposition has slammed the plan as a “political maneuver” and part of “useless procrastination.” It has renewed calls for a US-led military action against the country.


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