Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FOCUS

Catalonia's pro-independence movement tempted by radicalisation

Read more

ENCORE!

Film show: 'May ’68', Director’s Fortnight reloaded, 'A Paris Education'

Read more

IN THE PRESS

Macron and Trump: Dandruff diplomacy?

Read more

PERSPECTIVE

Big data: ‘A key democratic issue’

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Susan Meiselas: Kurdistan through the lens

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Global wine production drops to lowest level in 60 years

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Trump and Macron media moments in the US

Read more

ENCORE!

Photographer Clare Strand explores the causes and consequences of communication breakdown

Read more

IN THE PRESS

Fashion and ethics: Five years after Bangladesh factory collapse, what's changed?

Read more

France

France to float UN resolution on Syria chemical weapons

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-09-10

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (pictured) said Tuesday that France will propose a new United Nations resolution calling on Syria to make public its chemical weapons programme and dismantle it entirely under international supervision.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Tuesday that France will propose a UN Security Council resolution setting out conditions for Syria to place its chemical weapons under international control and accept that they will be dismantled.

Fabius said the resolution – under Chapter 7 of the UN charter covering possible military and non-military action to restore peace – would warn of “extremely serious” consequences for Damascus if it breached those conditions.

Syria says will hand over chemical weapons

The Syrian government accepted a proposal on Tuesday to put its chemical weapons under international control in order to avoid a possible US military strike, Russian news agency Interfax said.

“Our aim is to condemn the August 21 massacre carried out by the Damascus regime in the strongest possible terms,” he told a news conference in Paris.

“The resolution will state that Damascus must reveal and dismantle its chemical weapons stockpile and accept that it should be placed under international control.”

Fabius said that Syria will face “serious consequences” if it fails to comply with the resolution, and called for those responsible for the attacks to face trial at the International Criminal Court.

Fabius said Syria has a “considerable” stockpile of “at least 1,000 tonnes” of chemical weapons.

“France aims to eliminate the threat of chemical weapons, and to protect the Syrian people,” he said. “All options remain on the table.”
 

Date created : 2013-09-10

  • SYRIA

    Rights group blames Syrian regime for chemical attack

    Read more

  • RUSSIA - SYRIA

    Russia urges Syria to hand over chemical weapons

    Read more

  • USA - SYRIA

    Assad warns 'everything possible' if Syria attacked

    Read more

COMMENT(S)