Stressing against any military action, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said: "We are encouraged by the current proposal, steered by Russia, that is aimed at bringing the Syrian chemical stockpile under international control."
This proposal is in line with India’s consistent stance of supporting the complete elimination of chemical weapons worldwide, he said in his address at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s (SCO) Heads of State Summit.
India sees any move in this direction, ‘within the framework of the UN, as a positive development’.
"We have consistently called upon all sides to abjure violence so that conditions can be created for an inclusive political dialogue leading to a comprehensive political solution, taking into account the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people," Khurshid said.
India is deeply concerned by the ongoing conflict in Syria and is closely watching fast-paced developments in the country, he said.
Russia's proposal to bring Syria's chemical weapons under international control is expected to "reinvigorate the peace efforts towards a political solution to the Syrian conflict, including the early holding of the proposed International Conference on Syria (Geneva-II), bringing all parties to the conflict to the negotiating table", he added.
The US has been pushing for military intervention in Syria after an alleged chemical weapons attack by President Bashar al-Assad's regime killed over 1,000 people.


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