The deal reached between the U.S. and Russia on the disarmament of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal prompted reactions from around the world.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he would do everything in his power to make sure the agreement was implemented. However, hours earlier, before the deal was announced, Moon said, in what he thought were remarks to a closed forum, that Syrian President Bashar Assad had committed "crimes against humanity" and that a U.N. report to be published later this week would provide "overwhelming" confirmation that chemical weapons had been used in Syria. Moon also expressed hope that another international conference on Syria could take place in October.
European leaders welcomed the U.S.-Russia deal. European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said the agreement ensured that Syria's chemical weapons would be dismantled.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague said, "The priority must now be full and prompt implementation of the agreement."
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said, "If deeds now follow the words, the chances of a political solution will rise significantly."
France took a more measured tone. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said the French government would still wait for the U.N. report before formulating its position, but he did call the U.S.-Russia deal an "important step forward."
There were also those who spoke out against the deal. The head of the Free Syrian Army, Brig. Gen. Salim Idris, called the Russian initiative a bid "to waste time and to win time for the criminal regime in Damascus." He said the U.S.-Russia agreement had dealt a blow to rebel efforts overthrow the Assad regime.
Idris said Assad had transported his chemical weapons stocks to Lebanon and Iraq in recent days.
Iran, one of Assad's closest allies, was quick to criticize the U.S. Iran's deputy foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, said, "The new situation means in fact that any pretext for the United States and certain countries to engage in military action against Syria has been removed."