Britain not sure about Russian Proposal over Syria weapons..Needs evidence



Britain wants evidence to show that a Russian-backed proposal for putting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons under international control is not a delaying tactic, Defense Secretary Philip Hammond told Reuters on Tuesday.

“We are in favor of anything that resolves for the longer term the problem of this massive stockpile of chemical weapons the Syrians have got,” Hammond said. “History teaches us to be wary of anything which might simply be a delaying tactic.”

“We will need very rapid, very clear evidence that this is a genuine, good-faith proposal and that it can go somewhere, not an alternative to addressing an international community response to the actions which took place on August 21,” he said on the sidelines of a defense conference in London.

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