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France to float UN resolution on Syria chemical weapons

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.

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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.

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.”
 

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