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October 6, 2022

Syria crisis: France, US and UK want ‘strong’ UN resolution

France, Britain and the US will seek a “strong” UN resolution with “serious consequences” if Syria fails to hand over its chemical weapons, the French foreign minister has said, the BBC reports.
Laurent Fabius and his British and US counterparts have held talks in Paris. Under a deal brokered by Russia and the US, Syria has agreed to reveal its stockpile within a week and eliminate the chemical arsenal by mid-2014. The US had threatened strikes on Syria over a chemical attack in Damascus.
President Bashar al-Assad’s government denies having carried out the attack on 21 August and blames rebels fighters instead.
Mr Fabius and French President Francois Hollande met British Foreign Secretary William Hague and US Secretary of State John Kerry in Paris on Monday to discuss the crisis. They agreed there had to be a “precise timetable” for the dismantling of weapons in Syria. Syria agreed last week to join the global Chemical Weapons Convention. It will come under the treaty from 14 October, the UN announced.
The framework deal was announced on Saturday after three days of talks in Geneva between Mr Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Syrian Reconciliation Minister Ali Haidar welcomed the agreement, calling it a “victory for Syria achieved thanks to our Russian friends”.

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