U.N. Security Council has voted unanimously to secure and destroy chemical weapons in Syria 2809131
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|Saturday, September 28, 2013 10:50 AM|
|U.N. Security Council has voted unanimously to secure and destroy chemical weapons in Syria.|
The UN Security Council (UNSC) has voted unanimously to secure and destroy Syria's chemical weapons stockpile. The vote late on Friday, September 27, 2013, was the first resolution passed on the Syrian conflict since it began in March 2011, after Russia and China had previously vetoed three Western-backed resolutions pressuring President Bashar Assad's regime to end the violence.
The UN Security Council has voted on Friday a US-Russian resolution to secure and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the council immediately after the vote that he aimed to hold long-sought talks aimed at organising a political transition in Syria in mid-November.
For the first time, the UNSC endorsed the roadmap for a political transition in Syria adopted by key nations in June 2012 and called for an international conference to be convened "as soon as possible" to implement it.
The resolution calls for consequences if Syria fails to comply, but those will depend on the council passing another resolution in the event of non-compliance.
Sergei Lavrov, Russia's foreign minister, said after the vote the UN Security Council would be prepared to take punitive steps in the event of confirmed violations of a resolution demanding the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal.