Belfast Telegraph

Home News World

Kerry urges UN to back Syria plan

US secretary of state John Kerry has said the UN general assembly should move swiftly to approve a US-Russia deal to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons, claiming there is no time to argue with those who remain unconvinced that Syrian president Bashar Assad's government carried out a chemical attack last month.

Speaking at the State Department, Mr Kerry did not mention Russian president Vladimir Putin, but his remarks were a clear attempt to rebut Mr Putin's statement that Russia has strong grounds to believe that Syrian rebels - not Assad - were responsible for the attack.

Mr Putin said the perpetrators relied on "primitive" technology using old Soviet-made ammunition no longer in the Syrian army's inventory.

Mr Kerry says the US believes a report by UN inspectors proves Assad conducted the attack.

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph