UK, US, France Call for Strong UN Resolution on Syria
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - France, Britain and the US agreed to seek a strong and robust UN resolution that sets precise and binding deadlines on the removal of Syria's chemical weapons, the office of the French president, Francois Hollande, said.
The statement followed talks on Monday involving Hollande and the foreign ministers of the three countries in the French capital, two days after Russia and the US hammered out a deal on chemical weapons that could avert American military action over Syria.
"The idea is to stick to a firm line," said an official at Hollande's office after the talks with Kerry, Hague and their French counterpart, Laurent Fabius.
"They've agreed to seek a strong and robust resolution that sets precise and binding deadlines with a calendar," said the official, who declined to be named.
Overcoming bitter differences, Kerry and the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, struck a deal in Geneva on Saturday on removing Syria's chemical arsenal, Reuters reported.
After months in which Moscow and Washington failed to agree a line on Syria, Kerry and Lavrov demanded that Assad account for his secret stockpile within a week and let international inspectors eliminate all the weapons by the middle of next year.
Under the terms of the US-Russian agreement, the UN security council – on which Russia has a veto – will oversee the process.