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GCC says Russian initiative will not stop Syrian bloodshed

Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have said that the Russian initiative to place Syria's chemical weapons under international supervision will not halt the bloodshed in the country. The ministers made their statement at a GCC meeting in Jeddah looking at the situation in Syria.

The Chairman of the meeting, Bahrain's Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa, called on the international community to take "deterrent measures against the Syrian regime", which he holds fully responsible for the chemical weapons attack.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had earlier urged Damascus to place Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons under international supervision, a proposal which was welcomed by his Syrian counterpart Walid Muallem.

In a press conference on the sidelines of the GCC meeting, Al-Khalifa ruled out the likelihood that the Russian initiative would lead to an end to the bloodshed in Syria.

The GCC, he added, is looking forward to establishing good relations with Iran's new president, Hassan Rohani, and his government.

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