France to Draft Resolution Implementing Russian Plan for Syria's Chemical Weapons
The Russian plan for international control over Syria's chemical weapons could be drafted into a UN Security Council resolution by France, according to reports.
Russia announced the proposal Monday, in an attempt to prevent a strike on Syria planned by the US with the support of other nations, such as France and Turkey.
Tuesday French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters in Paris that by bringing the proposal to the Security Council, the world would be able to judge the intentions of Russia and China, which until now have blocked efforts to sanction Syria for any actions during its two-and-a-half-year-long civil war, writes the Washington Post.
Russia floated the idea of handing over banned chemical stockpiles to international monitors on Monday, after a seemingly off-hand remark by US Secretary of State John Kerry that such a move would be the only way for Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad to avoid a US intervention.
US President Barack Obama has admitted that this idea might be a "significant breakthrough" in bringing closer the position of his country to that of Russia.
The French resolution will "condemn the massacre of August 21 committed by the Syrian regime," Laurent Fabius told reporters in Paris, adding that it will "require that this regime sheds light without delay on its chemical weapons program, that they be placed under international control and that they be dismantled."
The resolution would warn of "extremely serious consequences" if Syria violated those guidelines, explained the French top diplomat. It would also seek to bring to justice those responsible for the chemical attack on August 21.
It is not yet clear whether the wording of the resolution will be acceptable for Russia.
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