UNSC votes to destroy Syria’s chemical arsenal

Ending a dramatic month of diplomacy,the 15-nation UNSC voted unanimously on the resolution

Written by Press Trust Of India | United Nations | Published:September 29, 2013 1:13 am

In a major breakthrough,the UN Security Council Friday voted unanimously on a resolution to destroy Syria’s chemicals weapons stockpile and warned of strong actions in case of non-compliance by Damascus.

Ending a dramatic month of diplomacy,the 15-nation UNSC voted unanimously on the resolution which was based on a deal struck between Russia and the US following last month’s chemical weapons attack on a Damascus suburb.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called the passing of the resolution the “first hopeful news” on Syria in a long time and said he hopes to convene a peace conference in mid-November to end the ongoing civil war in the Arab country. “It is time for the parties to focus on how to build the peaceful,democratic future Syria needs,” he said.

The UNSC called for the speedy implementation of procedures drawn up by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons “for the expeditious destruction of the Syrian Arab Republic’s chemical weapons programme and stringent verification thereof.”

In the text,the Council underscored “that no party in Syria should use,develop,produce,acquire,stockpile,retain,or transfer chemical weapons.”

Defiance of the resolution would bring about measures which can include sanctions or stronger coercive action,the Council said.

Kerry warns Syria over UN resolution

US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned that Syria would face punishment if it does not comply with the UNSC resolution on its chemical weapons. “Should the regime fail to act,there will be consequences,” Kerry told the UNSC after the vote sealing a US-Russian agreement. PTI

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