Draft resolution reached on how to handle Syria's chemical weapons
Friday, September 27, 2013 - 01:01
Sept. 27 - The U.S. and Russia have agreed on a draft of a resolution on how to handle Syria's chemical weapons. Julie Noce reports.
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Russia and the U.S. have agreed on the wording of a draft resolution that would disarm Syria of its chemical weapons..
Russian Ambassador to the U.N. Vitaly Churkin.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) VITALY CHURKIN, RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR, SAYING:
"Russia and the United States have just introduced to the Security Council a draft resolution on the elimination of chemical weapons in Syria. It is fully in line with the framework agreement which was reached in Geneva by Foreign Minister Lavrov and Secretary Kerry, so it took us only two weeks to bring that framework agreement to fruition.
And while the resolution does not sanction military action if Syria fails to comply - U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power said the resolution does spell out consequences for Syria if it doesn't act.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) SAMANTHA POWER, UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR, SAYING:
And this resolution will make clear there are going to be consequences for non-compliance. This is very significant. This is the first time since the Syrian conflict began two-and-a-half years ago that the Security Council has imposed binding obligations on Syria - binding obligations of any kind. The first time.
Officials say a full Security Council vote on the resolution could come later Friday.
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