September 17, 2013 / 4:31 PM / in 4 years

Five big U.N. powers to meet on Syria draft on Tuesday: U.S.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Diplomats from the United States, Russia, Britain, France and China will meet in New York on Tuesday to discuss a Western-drafted resolution on eradicating Syria’s chemical arsenal in line with a U.S.-Russian agreement, a U.S. official said.

A Syrian national flag flutters over a building controlled by forces loyal to President Bashar Al-Assad in Ashrafieh, Aleppo September 17, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

“Today, the P5 members of the U.N. Security Council (U.S., UK, France, Russia, China) will meet to discuss the joint P3 (U.S., UK, France) draft Security Council Resolution on Syria’s chemical weapons program,” Erin Pelton, spokeswoman for the U.S. mission to the United Nations, said in an email.

“In order to respect the integrity of these negotiations, we will not be reading out the details of today’s meeting or the draft Resolution,” she said.

Reporting by Louis Charbonneau; Editing by Vicki Allen

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