UN P-5 meeting on Syria lasts only 45 minutes

The UN ambassadors of the US, UK, France, Russian Federation and China met to address how they are going to craft the pressing need to place under supervision, and ultimately destroy, the arsenal of Syrian chemical weapons

UN P-5 meeting on Syria lasts only 45 minutes

World Bulletin/News Desk

The permanent five (P-5) UN Security Council (UNSC) members gathered on Wednesday for a short meeting at the Mission of Russia in New York.

Despite the fact that France, supported by the United States and United Kingdom already, had drafted a new UNSC resolution on Syria, the initial round informal session did not discuss it.

The UN ambassadors of the US, UK, France, Russian Federation and China met for about 45 minutes at the Russian UN mission to address how they are going to craft the pressing need to place under supervision, and ultimately destroy, the arsenal of Syrian chemical weapons. Although Syria already welcomed a call from its close ally -- Russia -- to place its chemical arsenals under international control and also destroy them to avert a US strike, the details of such an initiative have still not been worked out.

This gathering of P-5 members comes prior to a meeting between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva.

France, the UK and US met separately earlier on Wednesday to address the issue. The three countries blame the Syrian government for the August 21 deadly chemical gas attack near Damascus in which more then 1400 persons died.

An initial UNSC French draft resolution called for delivering an ultimatum to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government to give up its chemical arsenal or face military intervention. But difficulties occurred in the process of negotiation regarding whether or not the UNSC resolution should be within the framework of Chapter VII, according to which the UN Charter allows the “use of all necessary measures."

Russia firmly opposes it and, instead of the proposed resolution, is pushing for the non-binding UNSC Presidential statement. Anadolu Agency (AA) has obtained the first draft of the proposed UNSC resolution. The draft resolution states that the Syrian government would not be given more than 15 days to fully comply with the requests regarding its chemical weapons arsenal.

Russia, still backed by China, has already vetoed three resolutions about condemning Assad's government and threatening it with sanctions. Criticizing the UNSC deadlock over Syria, the new US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power said earlier that Russia is holding the Security Council hostage regarding the necessary action on Syria.On Tuesday UNSC President Gary Quinlan of Australia called an emergency meeting at the request of Russia, but canceled the meeting at Russia's request less then two hours later.

There is also no word on when and where the new round of UNSC discussions on Syria will be convened.

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