French FM: Our firm stance combined with Russian plan led to change in Syria on chemical weapons

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September 17, 2013 13:08

 
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A tough stance by the US and France, coupled with Russia's plan for the disposal of Syria's chemical weapons, has led to a change in the stance of the Syrian regime on the issue, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Tuesday.

Fabius was speaking at a press conference following talks in Paris with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on the issue of the use of chemical weapons in Syria. The US and France were initially adamant on the need for military action against the Syrian regime, which both say was behind the chemical weapons attack on the outskirts of Damascus on August 21.

Moscow's proposal for the removal of the weapons has put a military strike on the backburner for now, but President Obama has stressed that this option is not off the table.

Russia insists that there is not sufficient evidence to support the claim that the attack was the work of the regime, and has suggested that the weapons were deployed by the opposition that has spent more than two years trying to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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