Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stressed his commitment to the United Nations resolution on elimination of chemical weapons in Syria and vowed to stick to the political solution to halt violence, the state-run SANA news agency reported Sunday.
Commenting on the recent U.N. Security Council resolution on Syria's chemical weapons, Assad said "actually, we joined the international agreement for preventing the use and acquirement of chemical weapons before that resolution came to light... of course we have to comply; this is our history: to comply with every treaty we sign."
Amid risks of escalation of Syrian conflicts, the U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Friday to adopt a resolution aimed at ridding Syria of chemical weapons, bringing settlement of the 30- month-old Syrian crisis back within U.N. framework.
The Syrian government will implement "according to every chapter in the agreement. We don't have any reservations. That's why we decided to join the agreement," Assad was quoted by SANA as saying during a recent interview with the Italian Rai News 24 TV.
Under the legally binding resolution which is based on a deal between Washington and Moscow, the Syrian government will abandon its chemical weapon stockpile and give experts unfettered access to monitor its destruction by mid-2014, to avoid US military attacks.
"The main part of the Russian initiative is based on our will to do so. So, it's not the resolution. Actually, it's about our will," he added.