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Tánaiste welcomes agreement on the elimination of Syrian Chemical Weapons

I welcome the announcement of the agreement between the US and Russian negotiating teams on the elimination of Syrian chemical weapons.

The possession of chemical weapons is fundamentally unacceptable to the international community and their use under any circumstances is a crime under international law. The framework agreed for their  elimination represents a significant advance security in the  Middle East, particularly for the security of the Syrian population who have suffered the appalling consequences of their use.

Syria's compliance with the terms of this agreement is critical and must be immediately forthcoming. 

Ireland will support all diplomatic efforts to ensure that Syria fulfills its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention and the terms of this agreement.