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Sep 10, 2013 11:36 AM by Associated Press

Syria says it accepts Russian weapons proposal

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a possible diplomatic breakthrough, Syria says it has accepted a Russian proposal to place its chemical weapons under international control for dismantling.

It's a step that could allow Syria's government to avert U.S. missile strikes.

White House spokesman Jan Carney says the U.S. is still awaiting key details of proposal, but he sees signs of progress. In an interview on MSNBC, Carney said, "Before this morning, the Syrian government had never even acknowledged they possessed chemical weapons. Now they have."

Syria's foreign minister said today after meeting with the Russian parliament speaker that his government quickly agreed to the Russian initiative to "derail the U.S. aggression."

Meanwhile, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Russia is now working with Syria to prepare a detailed plan of action, which will be presented shortly.

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