Russia's chemical arms plan for Syria difficult to enact: Experts
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Russia's proposal to place Syria's chemical weapons under international control would be troublesome to enact given it would require time and total cooperation from a secretive regime fighting for survival.
Experts say the idea floated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday, in which Syria's arsenal would be destroyed under supervision, ventures into unchartered territory, as previous arms control efforts have been carried out after - and not during - a conflict.
With more than 1,000 tonnes of chemical agents and precursor chemicals, the Syrian regime, suspected of using such weapons, has one of the world's most significant stockpiles, according to a French intelligence report.
But the process of removing such arms from President Bashar al-Assad's reach while rebel fighters continue to push for the fall of his government would present major difficulties even if such an accord was reached.