UN Hails US-Russia Deal on Syria
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the deal reached Saturday by the United States and Russia on a plan to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons.
Ban stated the deal must be a stepping stone to ending the "appalling suffering" of Syrians, UN spokeswoman Vannina Maestracci said.
Ban pledged UN support to implementing the accord reached by Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry, Maestracci said, according to international media.
"The secretary general expresses his fervent hope that the agreement will, first, prevent any future use of chemical weapons in Syria and, second, help pave the path for a political solution to stop the appalling suffering inflicted on the Syrian people," she added.
On Saturday, the US and Russia announced they had agreed on a process for dismantling Syria's chemical weapons arsenal. The two countries represented by Kerry and Lavrov have prepared an outline for the identification and seizure of Syrian chemical weapons, according to which Syria must turn over an accounting of its arsenal within a week.
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