World Bulletin/News Desk
The Arab League on Sunday welcomed an agreement between the United States and Russia to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons.
"[The deal] contributes to providing favorable environment to go to Geneva 2 conference to look into means of reaching a political solution to the Syrian crisis," Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Arabi said in a statement, a copy of which was obtained by Anadolu Agency.
The deal envisages that Syria must provide full details of its arsenal of chemical weapons within a week and the chemical stockpile to be eliminated before mid-2014.
The US and its allies were mulling a military strike against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for allegedly carrying out chemical attacks near Damascus on August 21, which killed more than 1,400 people, including hundreds of children.
The al-Assad regime, however, denies the accusations.
The Arab League chief called on all stakeholders to work towards reaching a comprehensive ceasefire to extend humanitarian and medical assistance to the Syrian people.
Syria has been in the throes of civil war since March 2011 after a peaceful uprising against al-Assad escalated into an armed revolt following a violent government crackdown.
Activists say more than 100,000 people have so far been killed in the ongoing conflict.Last Mod: 16 Eylül 2013, 10:21