SA welcomes UN decision on Syria

SA has welcomed a decision by the UN forcing Syria to destroy its arsenal of chemical weapons.

An image released by the Local Committee of Arbeen shows the bodies of children after Syrian rebels claim they were killed in a toxic gas attack by pro-government forces in eastern Ghouta. Picture: AFP/Local Committee of Arbeen

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa has welcomed a decision forcing Syria to destroy its arsenal of chemical weapons.

A resolution to this effect was endorsed by the United Nations (UN) Security Council on Friday.

The United States (US) and Russia struck a deal to avert an American military strike against Syria after allegations that the Syrian government used Sarin gas in an attack that killed 1,400 people.

International Relations Department Spokesperson Clayson Monyela says South Africa has urged Syria to cooperate fully.

"South Africa is quite happy that this decision has finally been endorsed. We believe this is a positive step and should be supported by the international community."