Syria to offer data on chemical weapons: Assad
BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad publicly agreed on Thursday to a Russian plan to secure and destroy his chemical weapons, but said the proposal would work only if the United States halts threats of military action.
Mr Assad also said his government will start submitting data on its chemical weapons stockpile a month after signing the convention banning such weapons.
Syria's United Nations (UN) ambassador Bashar Ja'afari told reporters on Thursday that he presented Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon with "the instrument of accession" to the Chemical Weapons Convention making his country a full member of the treaty banning the use of chemical weapons.
UN associate spokesman Farhan Haq said that while secretary-general welcomes the development, Syria will only become a member 30 days after its instrument of accession is deposited and that the documentation is still being studied.