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Oil prices down after deal on Syrian chemical weapons

September 16 2013, 14:15

 Professor Ake Sellstrom (L), head of the chemical weapons team working in Syria and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. ©AFP PHOTO / UNITED NATIONS / Paulo FILGUEIRAWS  / Professor Ake Sellstrom (L), head of the chemical weapons team working in Syria and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. ©AFP PHOTO / UNITED NATIONS / Paulo FILGUEIRAWS /

Oil prices fell in Asian trade Monday after a US-Russia deal on Syria's chemical weapons averted a potential Western military strike on the Assad regime, AFP reports.

New York's main contract, West Texas Intermediate for delivery in October eased 86 cents to $107.35 in afternoon trade, while Brent North Sea crude for November declined 95 cents to $110.75.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov reached a breakthrough deal Saturday following three days of talks in Geneva.

Under the agreement, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime has a week to hand over details of the quantity and location of all its toxic arsenal.

The stockpile would then be turned over to international supervision and destroyed by mid-2014.

The deal has won backing from China, a veto-wielding permanent member of the UN Security Council.

Analysts said the accord has averted a possible US-led strike on Syria to punish it for its alleged use of chemical weapons on its own people.

"The risk premium on crude prices over Syria continues to subside after the US-Russia agreement on Saturday," Victor Shum, managing director at IHS Purvin and Gertz in Singapore, told AFP.

Oil prices hit multi-month highs in early September on concerns that the US would press ahead with a punitive military strike on Syria which analysts feared could lead to a wider conflict in the oil-rich Middle East.

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