Assad says Syria will respect U.N. chemical weapons accords

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad speaks during an interview with Italian television station RaiNews24 in Damascus in this handout photograph distributed by Syria's national news agency SANA on September 29, 2013. (Reuters)

Syria will adhere to United Nations accords on its chemical weapons, President Bashar al-Assad said on Sunday in an interview with an Italian television channel.

“We joined the international agreement against the acquisition and use of chemical weapons even before this resolution was passed,” Assad told RaiNews24 when asked if his country would fulfill the U.N. resolution passed on Friday.

Assad told the channel that he was not coerced into agreeing, rather it was his own wish.

“The central part of it is based on what we ourselves wanted. So it is not about a resolution, in reality it is our own intention,” he said, as quoted by Reuters.

The U.N. Security Council adopted Friday’s resolution that stresses the removal of Syria’s chemical weapons.

However, the resolution does not offer automatic disciplinary action against Assad’s government if it does not comply.

The agreement between U.S. and Russia stopped U.S. military strikes against Assad’s regime, which the White House blamed for chemical weapons attacks last month that killed hundreds in a Damascus suburb.

Syria’s government and its ally Russia said that opposition rebels were responsible for the attack.

(With Reuters)

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:41 - GMT 06:41