UNSC adopts resolution on dismantling Syrian chemical arsenal

Last Updated: Sat, Sep 28, 2013 01:40 hrs

United Nations, Sep 28 (IANS) The UN Security Council (UNSC) Friday voted unanimously to adopt a resolution aimed at ridding war-torn Syria of chemical weapons.

The vote came after the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, an international chemical watchdog, agreed on a plan to destroy Syria's stockpile by mid-2014, reported Xinhua.

"The Security Council decides that the Syrian Arab Republic shall not use, develop, produce, otherwise acquire, stockpile or retain chemical weapons, or transfer, directly or indirectly, chemical weapons to other States or non-State actors," the resolution said.

The measure was finalised Thursday night by the five permanent members of the 15-member UN body -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the US.

A UN fact-finding group has confirmed the use of chemical weapons Aug 21 outside the Syrian capital of Damascus. The inspectors, however, did not say who used them.

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