In a statement, the Russian foreign ministry said that Moscow hoped the UN Security Council resolution on Syria would help make headway for a politico-diplomatic settlement in the country, ITAR-TASS reported.
The UN Security Council unanimously adopted the resolution Friday to establish international control over the elimination of Syrian chemical weapons.
The resolution's text is based on the US-Russian agreement reached in Geneva Sep 14 this year and takes into consideration the Syrian government's decision to join the Chemical Weapons Convention.
The resolution stipulates that the Syrian government and all the opposition groups must cooperate in full with the chemical weapons watchdog Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the UN, ensuring access for inspectors to all the places of storage of chemical weapons.
The Russian foreign ministry statement said that it was important that the resolution for the first time entirely supported the Geneva communique of June 30, 2012 and noted it was necessary to convene an international conference on Syria as soon as possible for the purpose of its implementation.
In case the resolution was not obeyed, measures would be taken in accordance with the UN Charter that would require a new UN Security Council resolution, the ministry stated.
Russia has supported the UN Security Council decision, proceeding from its position of principle that the Syrian crisis must be settled by peaceful means, it added.
The Russian statement came after Syria's Ambassador to the UN, Bashar Jaafari, said the UN Security Council resolution addressed the concerns of the Damascus government.
Jaafari made the remarks in New York during a press conference after the Security Council voted unanimously to adopt the resolution, Xinhua reported Saturday citing the state-run SANA news agency.
Jaafari called on all countries that fund and arm the rebels in Syria to stop doing so, specifically naming Turkey, Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar and the US to commit themselves to the UNSC resolution.
He also said the Syrian government was "totally committed" to the international conference likely to be held in November in Geneva to craft a political solution to the longstanding crisis in the strife-torn country.
The UNSC vote came Friday after the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), an international chemical weapons watchdog, agreed on a plan to destroy Syria's stockpile by mid-2014.
China too Saturday welcomed a UN resolution and a decision by the OPCW on Syria's chemical weapons.
"China welcomes the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons decision and the United Nations Security Council's resolution on Syrian chemical weapons," Xinhua quoted foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang as saying.
Qin said China's stance on chemical weapons was consistent and clear.
"We resolutely oppose use of chemical weapons by any country or person and strongly condemn the act of using chemical weapons in Syria," he said.
He underscored China's stance on resolving the Syrian chemical weapons issue and related issues through peaceful means, its opposition to external military intervention and its resolve to safeguard the principles of the UN charter and basic norms of international relations.
Qin said China expected the UN resolution and the OPCW decision to be fully and accurately implemented.
"We expect the OPCW and the UN to carry out checks and destruction of weapons in an objective, fair, neutral and professional way and urge all parties in Syria to offer full support and coordination," Qin said.
China would like to send experts to join in related work and offer financial help, he added.
--IANS (Posted on 28-09-2013)