EU's Ashton: UNSC resolution 'sets a standard' for responses to WMD perpetrators

September 28, 2013 13:46

The European Union hailed a UN resolution on the eradication of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal as "setting a standard" for the global response to the threats of weapons of mass destruction, AFP reported.

The UN Security Council on Friday night unanimously passed a draft resolution on eliminating Syria's chemical weapons with a vote of 15-0."This decision should pave the way to the elimination of chemical weapons in Syria, and set a standard for the international community in responding to threats posed by weapons of mass destruction," AFP quoted EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton as saying in a statement late Friday.

The text of the resolution signified "a major step towards a sustainable and unified international response to the crisis in Syria," Ashton said in a statement. She added that the EU would implement "forceful" support in the event of Syrian non-compliance.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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