Topic: Protests in Syria
Haytham Manna, spokesman for the Syrian opposition group National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change© RIA Novosti. Ramil Sitdikov
A man wears a gas mask near the suburbs of Damascus where chemical weapons were reportedly used in August.© REUTERS/ Bassam Khabieh
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BEIRUT, September 11 (RIA Novosti) – The Syrian opposition’s National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change said Wednesday that it had proposed that Russia oversee the war-torn country’s chemical weapons until a transitional government is formed.
“We have proposed placing chemical weapons under Russia’s supervision until a transitional government is formed,” the group’s spokesman, Haytham Manna, said in an interview with the Al-Mayadeen pan-Arabic satellite television channel.
“We realize that [US President Barack] Obama needs to find a way out of the impasse he has reached,” said Manna, who represents Syria’s moderate opposition.
Speaking on the same TV channel, Russia’s ambassador to Lebanon, Alexander Zasypkin, said Moscow had handed over to the UN Security Council evidence that chemical weapons in Syria were used by rebel forces.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that his country’s plan to place Syria’s chemical weapons under international control would be feasible only if the United States and its allies pledged not to use force.
Putin added that Moscow hoped Syria would accept international control over its chemical weapon stockpiles and also join the convention forbidding the use of chemical weapons.
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