Gulf Arab states: Russian proposal on Syrian weapons will not end bloodshed

By REUTERS
September 10, 2013 17:05




RIYADH- Gulf Arab states said on Tuesday a Russian proposal calling for Syria to hand over its chemical weapons to win a reprieve from US military strikes would not stop bloodshed in Syria.

"We've heard of the initiative ... It's all about chemical weapons but doesn't stop the spilling of the blood of the Syrian people," Bahrain's Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa told a news conference in Jeddah.

Bahrain holds the presidency of the Sunni Muslim-led Gulf Cooperation Council, a main backer of rebels fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad. Its foreign minister said the GCC states were ready to deal with any threat against them based on their support for the rebels.


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