Syria chemical arms accord a 'disgrace': ex- regime colonel
PARIS (AFP) - A resolution ordering the elimination of Syria's chemical arms is "a disgrace for the United Nations", opposition figures said in Paris, arguing it was making leader Bashar al-Assad "legitimate" again.
"This agreement is a disgrace for the United Nations, it's scandalous," Qassem Saadeddine, a former colonel in the Syrian army who defected in 2012, told AFP on a trip to the French capital.
"The international community has grabbed on to chemical arms and forgotten the 100,000 victims of the conflict," said Saadeddine, who represents the military command of the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) inside the war-torn country.
His comments on Monday came ahead of the planned arrival of a 20-strong disarmament team in Damascus to begin ridding Syria of chemical weapons - one of the largest and most dangerous operations of its kind.