UN Security Council votes unanimously to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons

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The UN Security Council voted unanimously Friday night to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons.

Determining that the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic constitutes a threat to international peace and security, and that any use of chemical weapons anywhere constitutes a threat to international peace and security, the Council condemned in the strongest terms any use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic, in particular the attack on 21 August 2013, in violation of international law.

The Council endorsed the decision of the OPCW Executive Council 27 September 2013, which contains special procedures for the expeditious destruction of the Syrian Arab Republic’s chemical weapons program and stringent verification thereof and called for its full implementation in the most expedient and safest manner.

The Security Council also decided 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.

It underscored that no party in Syria should use, develop, produce, acquire, stockpile, retain, or transfer chemical weapons.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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