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article imageUS, Russia agree on Syria chemical weapons UN draft resolution

By Paul Iddon     Sep 27, 2013 in Politics
The United States and the Russian Federation have agreed to a new U.N. Security Council resolution which demands that Syria give up its chemical weapons arsenal.
But as the Chicago Tribune reports, the resolution agreed upon does not threaten to use military force against the Assad regime in Syria if it fails to abide by the draft resolutions demands. Instead, in the words of U.S ambassador to the UN Samantha Power, it is “legally obligating” the Syrian regime to surrender its stockpile.
Power also said that, “Just two weeks ago, tonight's outcome seemed utterly unimaginable. Two weeks ago, the Syrian regime had not even acknowledged the existence of its chemical weapons stockpiles. But tonight we have a share draft resolution that was the outcome of intense diplomacy and negotiations over the past two weeks.”
Euro News quoted the United States Secretary of State John Kerry saying that he was “pleased to have a meeting with [Russia's] Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov” adding that, “We did reach an agreement with respect to the resolution. We're not doing the final work on pulling that language together.”
Haaretz also quoted a U.S. State Department official heralding the deal as a “breakthrough.” The official elaborated by saying that, “The Russians have agreed to support a strong, binding and enforceable resolution that unites the pressure and focus of the international community on the Syrian regime to ensure the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons.”
Over 1,400 people were killed in the Syrian capital Damascus on August 21 of this year. That attack constituted the deadliest attack carried out with the use of chemical weapons in a quarter of a century.
The ongoing war in Syria has left at least, according to United Nations estimates, 100,000 people since a revolt against the Assad regime began 30 months ago.
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