Western powers start talks on UN Syria resolution

10th September 2013, Comments 0 comments

French, American and British envoys on Tuesday held first talks on a possible UN Security Council resolution demanding that Syria put its chemical weapons under international control, diplomats said.

"Informal discussions are under way," said a diplomat confirming the talks on the French-proposed measure. The talks could last "several days," added another diplomat.

A proposal for Syria to put its chemical weapons under international control surfaced Monday and touched off a flurry of international diplomacy.

It came just as US President Barack Obama was preparing to hammer home his argument in favor of a military strike against Syria for allegedly using chemical weapons against civilians late late month.

Obama was in effect forced to put such a strike, which just weeks ago had seemed imminent until he requested Congressional approval, on hold. Obama gave a cautious welcome to the weapons supervision idea, calling it potentially promising.

© 2013 AFP

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