Syria's handover of weapons should not be a tactic: Turkish president

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Turkish President Abdullah Gul stressed the importance of the Syrian regime`s completely handing over its arsenal

Turkish President Abdullah Gul stressed the importance of the Syrian regime`s completely handing over its arsenal

ISTANBUL - As the Syrian regime has agreed to abide by a Russian plan for the surrender of its chemical weapons, Turkish President Abdullah Gul stressed the importance of the Syrian regime`s completely handing over its arsenal.

"It is an important development that chemical weapons in Syria be disposed completely. We would be pleased with this. The handover of weapons should not be a tactic, but an overall disposal," Abdullah Gul told reporters in Istanbul.

The Syrian regime admitted for the first time on Tuesday that it has chemical weapons and agreed to a Russian plan to give up its arsenal.

"We are ready to disclose the location of chemical weapons, stop manufacturing chemical weapons, and also show the locations to representatives from Russia and other countries and the UN," Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem said.

Referring to a political solution to the Syrian crisis, the Turkish president said, "A real political exit strategy is needed to end the civil war in Syria. It is really worriying that no exit strategy has been presented yet."

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