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Syria Will Sign Chemical Weapons Convention, Declare Arsenal, Foreign Ministry Says

A man walks through a destroyed residential area of the Syrian city of Saraqib, southwest of Aleppo, on September 9, 2013, fo
A man walks through a destroyed residential area of the Syrian city of Saraqib, southwest of Aleppo, on September 9, 2013, following repeated airstrikes by government forces' fighter jets. US President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin discussed the idea of placing Syrian chemical weapons under international control at last week's G20 summit in Saint Petersburg, Putin's spokesman said on September 10, 2013. AFP PHOTO / GIOVANNI DIFFIDENTI (Photo credit should read GIOVANNI DIFFIDENTI/AFP/Getty Images)

MOSCOW, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said on Tuesday that Damascus was committed to a Russian initiative under which Syria would hand over its chemical weapons and join a convention that prohibits their use.

"We want to join the convention on the prohibition of chemical weapons. We are ready to observe our obligations in accordance with that convention, including providing all information about these weapons," Moualem said in a statement shown on Russian state television.

"We are ready to declare the location of the chemical weapons, stop production of the chemical weapons, and show these (production) facilities to representatives of Russia and other United Nations member states," said Moualem, who said earlier on Tuesday in Moscow that Syria had accepted the Russian proposal.

(Reporting By Thomas Grove; Editing by Steve Gutterman)