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U.N. fails to break Syria deadlock

Friday, Sep 20, 2013 - 01:16

(WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT) Sept. 19 - No breakthrough among U.N. Security Council ambassadors after three days of talks on Syria chemical weapons. Paul Chapman reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES As the fighting in Syria continues unabated, three straight days of talks at the United Nations on the government's chemical weapons arsenal have so far failed to produce a resolution. Ambassadors from the five permanent Security Council member states held their latest meeting on Thursday in New York. They're still trying to reach agreement on a deal to bring Syria's chemical weapons under international control. So far no deal but optimistic noises. (SOUNDBITE)(English) MARK LYALL GRANT, BRITISH AMBASSADOR, SAYING: "Well, I don't want to comment in detail on the text but we're having constructive discussions and I hope progress is being made." (SOUNDBITE)(English) VITALY CHURKIN, RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR, SAYING: "Not bad, I think, not bad." Russia and the United States brokered an agreement last week to avoid possible U.S. military strikes. The deal would require Syria's president to account for his chemical weapons stocks within a week and their destruction by the middle of next year. The sticking point at the U.N is Russia's unease over a section in a draft resolution which still mentions a possible military strike on Syria. Russia still says there's no proof government forces carried out a chemical attack that U.N. weapons investigators have confirmed involved Sarin nerve gas.

U.N. fails to break Syria deadlock

Friday, Sep 20, 2013 - 01:16

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