U.S., Russia agree UN draft on Syria chemical weapons
The United States and Russia have agreed on a draft UN Security Council resolution aimed at ridding Syria of its chemical weapons arsenal and the measure went to the full Security Council Thursday night.
Samantha Power, the U.S. Ambassador to the UN, said the resolution legally obligates Syria to give up its chemical stockpile.
But the measure does not provide any means of automatic enforcement with sanctions or military force, according to Reuters.
A major sticking point between Russia and Western powers before reaching an agreement was whether the resolution would be under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which allows the council to enforce its decisions with sanctions or military force.
Russia, a close ally of Syria, had opposed putting it under Chapter 7.
Despite the seemingly major concession, a U.S. State Department official hailed the deal as a "breakthrough".
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