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.
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.
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.
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.
#UNGA : Kerry on #Syria: “There is no military victory. Syria will implode long before either side can claim military victory.” @FRANCE24
- The UK heads to the polls today, with a race for London mayor, a fight for the Scottish parliament, and council elections across England.
- Turkey's democratically elected Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is stepping down amid rifts with President Erdogan.
- Alberta, Canada, has declared a provincial state of emergency over a massive fire near Fort McMurray. The area is under mandatory evacuation.