Discussions continue on plan to rid Syrian chemical weapons
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 01:35
Sept. 18 - Diplomats meet in New York to discuss a draft resolution of a plan to rid Syria of it's chemical weapons. Julie Noce reports.
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Diplomats from the five permanent members of the United Nations- U.S., Russia, Britian, France and China- met in New York Tuesday to discuss a draft resolution on how to rid Syria of it's chemical weapons.
The group left after an hour of dicussions and decided to meet again later Wednesday.
This week and next the United Nations General Assembly will meet - with a political solution to the ongoing civil war in Syria high on the agenda.
A U.N. report released Monday confirmed that chemical weapons had been used on a Damascus suburb- but it didn't say who had used them.
In Russia, foreign ministers from two of the P5 countries spoke to reporters about the report's findings.
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER SERGEI LAVROV, SAYING:
"There is no answer as to where the weapon was produced - whether it was on an official factory or it was home-made. There are also no answers to a number of other questions we posed."
(SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTER LAURENT FABIUS, SAYING (ACCORDING TO OFFICIAL TRANSLATION):
"We believe, and we already stated that according to our own foreign intelligence reports, this report proves that the responsibility for the August 21 chemical attack lies with the Syrian regime, the regime of Bashar al-Assad."
Supporters of President Bashar al-Assad gathered in Damascus to oppose any foreign led military strike.
The current draft of the U.S-Russian framework for removing Syria's chemical weapons does leave open the possibility of the use force if Assad fails to comply.
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