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Syria says it has signed treaty banning chemical weapons
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Syria's U.N. ambassador says his country has become a full member of the treaty banning the use of chemical weapons.
Bashar Ja'afari told reporters he presented Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with "the instrument of accession" to the Chemical Weapons Convention in New York today .
In Geneva, Secretary of State John Kerry said a proposal by President Bashar Assad to report on the nature of his weapons without actually releasing them is unacceptable.
Kerry made that assertion during discussions he was having in Switzerland with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the proposal to have Syria relinquish its chemical weapons.
The United States has blamed Assad for an Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds, including children. President Barack Obama threatened to strike Assad militariy, but then backed away to give himself time to get Congress's approval.