Syria says it joined chemical treaty on Thursday
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Syria's United Nations ambassador says that Syria has become a full member of the treaty banning the use of chemical weapons as of Thursday.
Mr Bashar Ja'afari told reporters he presented Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon with "the instrument of accession" to the Chemical Weapons Convention.
He said President Bashar al-Assad signed a legislative decree earlier on Thursday, declaring Syria's approval to join the treaty, which requires destruction of all chemical weapons.
UN associate spokesman Farhan Haq said "the Secretary-General welcomes this development, noting that, as depository of the convention, he has long called for universal accession to the Chemical Weapons Convention."