September 23, 2013
In an interview with Chinese state TV broadcast Monday, Bashar Assad said Damascus was dedicated to implement a Russia-US agreement to surrender its chemical weapons to international control.
He noted that though his government won’t have “any problem” taking experts to sites where the weapons are kept and will allow international experts access to its chemical weapons sites, rebels might block them from reaching some of the locations.
Some places might be difficult to reach due to ongoing fighting or the “local security situation,” the Syrian president added, stressing: “I’m referring to places where militants exist. Those militants might want to stop the experts’ arrival.”
Nevertheless, Assad denounced the United States, France and Britain for submitting a draft resolution to the UN Security Council to place Syrian chemical weapons under international control, saying they were fighting an “imaginary enemy”.