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  9/27/2013, Tishrei 23, 5774

Agreement on Syrian Chemical Weapons Handover


Samantha Power, the United States ambassador to the United Nations said, Thursday, that an agreement has been reached with Russia on forcing Syria to hand over its chemical weapons, according to United Press International. Power posted a tweet on Twitter that said, "Agreement reached w/Russia on UNSC Resolution legally obligating Syria to give up CW they used on their people. Going to full UNSC [United Nations Security Council -ed.] tonight." The tweet continued, "The draft UNSCR [Security Council Resolution -ed.] establishes that Syria's use of CW is threat to international peace & security & creates a new norm against the use of CW."

The resolution doesn't provide for an automatic penalty if Syrian President Bashar Assad doesn't turn over his chemical weapons stockpile to the international community but rather requires the U.N. Security Council to consider punitive action in such a scenario, The Hill reported.

White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters, "Negotiations in both The Hague and New York, at the United Nations Security Council, are proceeding and they're proceeding concurrently regarding the implementation of the framework that was agreed to by the United States and Russia in Geneva." He added, "In The Hague, U.S. and Russian delegations are working on the procedures for the expeditious destruction of the Syrian chemical weapons program and stringent verification thereof. We hope that that product will be circulated to members of the Executive Council in the near future." He said the talks between the U.S and Russia in New York were continuing at the ambassadorial level.