Security Council Agrees On Resolution To Rid Syria Of Chemical Arms

Source: Rick Gladstone and Michael R. Gordon / The New York Times

The five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council have agreed on a resolution that will require Syria to give up its chemical weapons, but the text will not threaten the use of force for a failure to comply, officials said.

The office of the American ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, announced the deal. But the final version, which will be discussed by the full 15-member Security Council on Thursday night, was not written under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, the strongest form of a Council resolution because it can be enforced with military action.

That is a compromise with Russia, the Syrian government’s most powerful defender, which had said from the outset it would oppose a Chapter VII resolution, as it has repeatedly done throughout the divided Security Council’s efforts to forge a consensus on resolving the Syria conflict.

The final draft also does not ascribe specific blame for the Aug. 21 attack that asphyxiated hundreds of Syrians near Damascus, another compromise with the Russians, who have repeatedly said they believe Syrian insurgents carried it out.

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