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Syria will allow access to chemical sites: Assad

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, speaks during an interview with Chinese state CCTV, in Damascus, Syria, on Monday. Mr. Assad said his Government will allow international experts access to its chemical weapons sites.   | Photo Credit: Uncredited

Syrian President Bashar Assad says his Government will allow international experts access to its chemical weapons sites but rebels might block them from reaching some of the locations.

In an interview with Chinese state TV broadcast, Mr. Assad said on Monday that Damascus is dedicated to implement a Russia-US agreement to surrender its chemical weapons to international control.

Mr. Assad also said the Syrian Government has already handed over a list of chemical weapons to an international agency policing chemical weapons.

He says his Government won’t have “any problem” taking experts to sites where the weapons are kept but some places might be difficult to reach due to ongoing fighting or the “local security situation.”

“I’m referring to places where militants exist. Those militants might want to stop the experts’ arrival,” he said.

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