Hague: UK may send experts to aid Syria disarmament

The government is open to the idea of sending British experts to help with the task of seizing Syria's chemical weapon stockpiles, Foreign Secretary William Hague has said.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, he ruled out the idea of British troops being deployed to provide security, adding that such action might create strong feelings within Syria.

Under an agreement between the US and Russia, the Syrian regime is required to submit a full inventory of its chemical stockpile by the end of the week, allow international inspectors into the country by November and complete the surrender of its arsenal by mid-2014.