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  • Sep 18, 2014
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Syria conflict

Beijing cool on France’s UN draft on Syrian chemical arms

China responded coolly yesterday to a French draft resolution at the UN Security Council to control Syria's chemical weapons, saying any decisions must be based on consensus and promote a peaceful resolution.

Thursday, 12 September, 2013, 2:24am

Russia hands Syria chemical weapons plan to US

Russian officials have given the United States a plan to put Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal under international control, ahead of a key meeting between Moscow and Washington’s top diplomats in Geneva, reports said on Wednesday.

12 Sep 2013 - 12:58am 10 comments

Disposal of Syria’s chemical weapons fraught with difficulties

Russia's proposal to place Syria's chemical weapons under international control would be troublesome to enact given it would require time and total co-operation from a secretive regime fighting for survival.

11 Sep 2013 - 2:30am

How Kerry’s ‘off-the-cuff’ remark to Syria took off

At first it seemed like just another of John Kerry's musings - Syria could stop threatened US military strikes by placing its chemical weapons stockpile under international control.

11 Sep 2013 - 2:10am

China backs Russian plan for Syria chemical weapons

China on Tuesday backed a Russian plan to head off threatened punitive US air strikes on Syria by destroying the regime’s chemical weapons.

10 Sep 2013 - 4:38pm

Syria agrees to hand over chemical weapons as France pushes UN ultimatum

Momentum to avoid Western missile strikes on Syria intensified yesterday, as President Bashar al-Assad's regime accepted a plan to turn over its chemical weapons stockpile and France pitched a UN resolution to verify the disarmament.

11 Sep 2013 - 2:03am

Think thrice before striking Syria, China tells US and its allies

China yesterday called on the US and other countries to "think thrice" before taking military action in Syria, while Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned there would be "repercussions" against any US military strike.

10 Sep 2013 - 9:29am 1 comment

Hollande under fire from all sides for Syria stance

A French satirical television show this week portrayed President Francois Hollande left holding US President Barack Obama's coat while the American leader and President Vladimir Putin of Russia hold private talks. Hollande gullibly concludes he is playing a key role.

10 Sep 2013 - 3:10am 1 comment

Russia calls on Syria to hand over chemical weapons

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called on Monday on the Syrian regime to hand over control of its chemical weapons arsenal to international supervision as a way of staving off the threat of military action.

10 Sep 2013 - 9:30am 5 comments

Obama officials step up lobbying of Congress members over Syria strike

The US says the government of Syrian President Bassar al-Assad used chemical weapons in an attack on August 21 near Damascus that killed 1,429 people, including more than 400 children, and that a strong response was needed to deter the future use of deadly chemicals.

9 Sep 2013 - 7:22am 3 comments