World Bulletin/News Desk
Chief United Nations diplomats from major Western powers - the US, UK and France - put on brave faces Thursday evening while publicly prizing the compromise reached with Russia on the new draft resolution on Syria.
“We are hoping even for a vote tomorrow (Friday),” US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power told reporters on Thursday evening at the UN.
Power said the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) was ready to vote after the OPCW (Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) Executive Council decision in the Hague to approve the legal context for placing under international supervision, and later destroying, the Syrian regime's chemical weapons arsenal.
“We hope in the immediate wake of that vote (in the Hague), we would have had Security Council adoption of this text, for which we are optimistic it is going to be received very warmly,” Power told reporters, adding the US believed the draft resolution would receive an indispensable number of votes in the council.
Some even predicted the Security Council would reach full consensus and approve the demand with 15 votes in favor.
Russians still cautioned
However, as Ambassador of Russia to the UN Vitaliy Churkin told AA, the timing for its adoption was still questionable because of the previously postponed vote at the OPCW which was still uncertain for Friday.
“If they are not going to vote tomorrow (Friday) in Hague then we are not going to vote here in New York,” Churkin said. He added that despite signs at the OPCW “they have intentions to vote, we have to make sure that they will vote.”
Commenting on Samantha Power's optimism that the vote could happen on Friday night at the UNSC in New York, Churkin said, “I am optimistic too, but first we have to wait for them to act in the Hague and then we will act in New York”.
Last week the OPCW Executive Council scheduled for September 22 had been postponed indefinitely, with the new date to be announced as early as Friday.
The Council was supposed to determine how to implement the framework for the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons.
The preliminary plan calls for conducting UN inspections of Syrian chemical weapons by this November and finishing their destruction in the first half of 2014.Last Mod: 27 Eylül 2013, 10:16