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UN Security Council passes resolution on Syria

United Nations, Sept 28, (RHC), -- The UN Security Council has unanimously passed a resolution condemning the use of chemical weapons in Syria and calling for their destruction.

The resolution adopted by the 15-member council on Friday envisages a plan to eradicate Syria's arsenal of chemical weapons.

It states as well that in case of violations of the chemical weapons elimination plan, measures will be imposed by virtue of Chapter 7 of the United Nations Charter, which would allow a UN-sanctioned military intervention.

The resolution came after days of intense negotiations between the United States and Russia. They had been at odds over Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which regulates the use of military force.

The resolution is in accordance with a June 2012 Geneva Communiqué, which urges the establishment of a transitional government with full executive rights and the possibility of including members of the parties in conflict by consensus.

The document also favors holding a second international conference on Syria, following the one held in Geneva in June 2012, in which participants are committed to achieve stability and reconciliation.

On September 16, the United Nations issued a report by UN investigators, which said sarin nerve agent was used in the attack that allegedly killed hundreds of people. The UN team's mandate did not include assigning blame for the attack.

The Western members of the council have been pushing for a resolution on the use of force while Russia and China are strongly opposed to any attack on Syria.

Edited by Juan Leandro
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