French draft would hand Syria ultimatum to give up chemical arms

By REUTERS
September 11, 2013 05:16

 
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UNITED NATIONS - An initial French draft UN Security Council resolution would demand that Syria make a complete declaration of its chemical weapons program within 15 days and immediately open all related sites to UN inspectors or face possible punitive measures.

The draft resolution, seen by Reuters on Tuesday, adds that the Security Council would intend "in the event of non-compliance by the Syrian authorities with the provisions of this resolution ... to adopt further necessary measures under Chapter VII" of the UN Charter.

Chapter 7 of the UN Charter covers the 15-nation Security Council's power to take steps ranging from sanctions to military interventions. It is the reference to Chapter 7, UN diplomats say, that has made the Russia reluctant to support the initial French draft.

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