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Lavrov says it is inadmissible to place responsibility for use of chemical weapons on Damascus

September 10, 2013, 20:56 UTC+3
“The Russian draft states that political and diplomatic settlement of the Syrian conflict has no alternatives,” the Russian foreign ministry said
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MOSCOW, September 10 (Itar-Tass) - France’s proposal to place responsibility for possible use of chemical weapons in Syria entirely on Damascus is inadmissible, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday after a telephone conversation with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius.

The two foreign ministers discussed the development of the situation around Syria in the light of Russia’s initiative to place Syria’s chemical arsenals under international control with their subsequent disposal.

Lavrov said France’s proposal to pass a resolution of the U.N. Security Council on Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter placing responsibility for the use of chemical weapons on the Syrian government was inadmissible. At the same time, he said that Russia “will propose a draft statement of the United Nations Security Council Chair welcoming the Russia’s initiative and calling on the United Nations Secretary General, the director general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and all parties concerned to take efforts to promote the implementation of this initiative.”

“The Russian draft states that political and diplomatic settlement of the Syrian conflict has no alternatives,” the Russian foreign ministry said.

The two ministers agreed to stay in contact over the Syrian problem.

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