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September 12th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) The government of Costa Rica this week described a proposal by Russia to have Syria voluntarily put its chemical weapons under international control as a “positive step.”
“It’s a good step, a positive step if it moves to eliminate tensions in the region and can relatively normalize the situation, so that the threat of aggression against civilians ceases,” said Costa Rican Foreign Minister, Enrique Castillo.
However, Castillo emphasized that the Russian proposal is “not a final resolution” to the problem of alleged chemical attacks on civilians, for which the United States has threatened a “limited” air strike on the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Castillo said that “Syrian actors must be key” in a final resolution to the conflict.
Russia has said that it is working on a “concrete plan” to put Syria’s chemical weapons under international control.
Syrian Foreign Minister, Walid Muallem, said on Tuesday this his country is ready to sign the International Convention for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.