Deal Reached On U.N. Resolution To Rid Syria Of Chemical Weapons

But the final draft does not allow for use of force if the Assad regime fails to comply.

Foreign Ministers of the five member countries of the UN Security Council (from L-R) Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague, France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi, at U.N. Headquarters in New York on Sept. 25. Brendan Mcdermid / Reuters

Mark Lyall Grant


P5 agree on binding and enforceable draft #UNSC resolution text to eliminate #Syrian CW arsenal. We shall introduce text to full SC tonight.

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The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, including the U.S. and Russia, agreed on a resolution Thursday requiring Syria to give up its chemical weapons.

The final draft, which will be discussed with the other 10 members of the Security Council on Thursday night, does not threaten the use of force if Syria refuses to comply and give up its chemical arsenal, The New York Times reported.

As a compromise with Russia, which has strongly opposed military action against Syria, the resolution was not written under Chapter VII of the U.N. Charter which enforces military action.

Samantha Power


The draft UNSCR establishes that #Syria’s use of CW is threat to international peace & security & creates a new norm against the use of CW.

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The final draft also does not place specific blame on the Syrian government for the Aug. 21 sarin gas attack that killed over 1,000 Syrians.

Douglas Herbert


#UNGA : Kerry on #Syria: “There is no military victory. Syria will implode long before either side can claim military victory.” @FRANCE24

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