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Syria conflict: Disputes flare over UN resolution

A Russian plan for Syria’s chemical weapons to be put under international control has sparked immediate disputes over resolutions at the United Nations.

The UK, US and France want a timetable and consequences of failure spelt out, and Washington has warned it will “not fall for stalling tactics”.

Russia said any draft putting the blame on Syria was unacceptable and urged a declaration backing its initiative.

US President Barack Obama is due to address the nation on Tuesday evening.

The White House said he planned to use the televised statement to argue that Congress should authorise the use of force if required.

Syria has said it accepts the Russian proposal on its chemical stockpile.

Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said on Tuesday that Damascus was willing to become a party to the Chemical Weapons Convention, Russian Interfax news agency reported,

“We are ready to honour our commitments under this convention, including providing information about these weapons,” he said.

The US alleges that Syrian government forces carried out a chemical weapons attack in Damascus on 21 August, killing 1,429 people.

The Syrian government blames the attack on rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, in a conflict that the UN says has claimed some 100,000 lives.

The UN Security Council was to hold a meeting on Syria at 20:00 GMT.

However, it was later cancelled to allow for more consultations. Russia had asked for the meeting then withdrew the request.

US Secretary of State John Kerry is to meet Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Geneva on Thursday to discuss Syria, US officials say.

Read full story on BBC News


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