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article imageU.N. Security Council demands elimination of Syria chemical arms

By Dragos Ilca     Sep 28, 2013 in Politics
The United Nations Security Council adopted with an unanimous 15 votes in favor of dismantling Syria's chemical weapons.
Secretary of State John Kerry endorsed the resolution that will transfer Syria's chemical weapons in the hands of the United Nations where they will subsequently be destroyed.
According to International Business Time, this decision will prevent the Syrian government or any other Syrian groups to use, develop, acquire, produce, stockpile and retain chemical weapons. Also, the resolution endorses in Chapter VII measures in the event of non-compliance by Syrian president Bashar Assad's government. The decision was based on a deal between the two countries following the attack of 21 August with sarin nerve gas on a Damascus suburb that killed hundreds, Reuters report.
Starting from Oct. 1, Syria must allow international chemical weapons inspectors to acquire, transfer, and destroy identified weapons according to procedures that are consistent with U.N. regulations. The deadline for the complete destruction of Syria's chemical arsenal is mid-2014, NBC says.
According to a statement from the U.N., Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to the other 15 members of the council:
“A red light for one form of weapons does not mean a green light for others. This is not a license to kill with conventional weapons. All the violence must end. All the guns must fall silent,”
reported the White House blames Bashar Assad's government for the attack, while at the same time, the Syrian government and its ally, Russia, blame the anti-government rebels for the chemical attack.
John Kerry said "Should the regime fail to act, there will be consequences."
U.S. ambassador to the United Nations described the resolution as "very significant", because it will impose binding measures against Syria's president Bashar Assad.
The United Nations report 100000 people were killed in the Syrian civil war where the government violently crushed pro-democracy protests and half of Syria's 20 million people need help.
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