Secretary-General welcomes Syria's move to accede to chemical weapons treatyListen / The UN Secretary-General has welcomed Syria's steps to become party to a treaty on chemical weapons.
A statement issued by his spokesperson on Thursday says Ban Ki-moon received a letter from the Syrian government informing him that President Bashar Al-Assad has signed the legislative decree providing for the country's accession to the convention which prohibits the development, production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons.
The letter expressed the Syrian authorities' commitment to observe the obligations entailed under the 1992 convention even before its entry into force for the country, the statement continues.
It says Mr. Ban welcomes the development and that given recent events, the Secretary-General hopes current talks in Geneva will lead to speedy agreement on a way forward which will be endorsed and assisted by the international community.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.