Syria seeks to join chemical arms ban
- Published: 13 Sep 2013 at 05.49
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Syria on Thursday sought membership of the global convention banning chemical weapons, in a move that could help head off a western military strike.
Bashar Jaafari, Syria's Ambassador to the United Nations, walks down a hallway after speaking to the media about Syria's chemical weapons outside the Security Council on September 12, 2013 at UN headquarters in New York.
Damascus said it now considers itself a full member of the convention. While UN leader Ban Ki-moon welcomed the application, the United Nations would not immediately confirm it had been accepted.
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