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ARABIC – RUSSIAN
President al-Assad’s speech to Rossiya 24 TV channel
Damascus, (SANA), September 13, 2013 – President Bashar al-Assad gave a speech to Rossiya 24 TV channel. Following is the full text of the speech.
Interviewer: Why did Syria agree to the Russian initiative which proposes handing over its chemical weapons to the international community? Why so rapidly?
President al-Assad: Over 10 years ago, Syria presented the UN with a proposal for a WMD-Free Middle East; this was because the region is turbulent and has been immersed in wars for decades. Thus removing unconventional weapons would be rational in order to enhance stability, at that particular time the U.S hindered the proposal.
Firstly, in principle we strive for peace and stability therefore we do not perceive the existence of WMD’s in the Middle East to have any positive effect. Secondly, in relation to current developments, Syria…
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