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Syria 'to declare chemical weapons'

Syria will declare its chemical weapons arsenal and sign the chemical weapons convention, its foreign minister says.

This comes as Britain, France and the US are to table a resolution at the United Nations Security Council to "test" Russian proposals for Syrian president Bashar Assad to hand over his chemical weapons arsenal to international control.

The UK has given a cautious welcome to the proposal put forward by Russia on Monday, but Prime Minister David Cameron has warned that the plan must not be a "distraction" from ensuring that action is taking in response to the use of nerve gas against civilians in Damascus on August 21.

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