UN Votes to Eliminate Syria’s Chemical Weapons
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council has voted unanimously in favor of a resolution that calls for securing and destroying Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile.
The agreement comes following weeks of tense negotiations. The talks were preceded by a U.S. call for a military strike against Syrian targets following the deaths of more than 1,000 people from chemical weapons.
U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon called the resolution historic. But he warned it is not a license to kill with conventional weapons. Secretary of State John Kerry says the resolution will be strong, enforceable and precedent-setting.
The vote came just hours after the world’s chemical weapons watchdog adopted a U.S.-Russian plan that lays out benchmarks and timelines for cataloguing, quarantining and ultimately destroying Syria’s chemical weapons and delivery systems.
The Security Council resolution enshrines the plan approved by Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, making it legally binding.