UN envoys discuss Syria crisis

The UN envoys for the five permanent members of the Security Council are meeting in New York to discuss the Syria crisis, Reuters reports citing diplomatic sources.

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Reports of peace talk efforts in Syria diplomatic effort

Diplomatic efforts are continuing today to end the Syrian crisis after the five permanent members of the Unite Nations Security Council met to discuss a possible UN security resolution. The five veto-wielding members of the Security

There are suggestions that efforts are taking place to arrange peace talks between President Bashar Assad's government and rebels battling against his regime. The five veto-wielding members of the Security Council are as follows:

  • Britain
  • The United States
  • France
  • Russia
  • China

All five representatives left Russia's UN mission without commenting.

President Obama faces a dilemma over Syria crisis

US President Barack Obama faces a dilemma over whether to buy a Russian proposal to hand Syria's chemical weapons over to international control, or pursue military strikes.

As Americans pause to remember the victims of the Twin Towers attack 12 years ago, public opinion in the US remains largely opposed to another campaign in the Middle East.

Meanwhile, diplomatic efforts continue to test the Russian proposal and to see if it can garner enough support at the UN.

ITV News' Washington Correspondent Robert Moore reports:

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Report: UN envoys to discuss Syria weapons crisis today

The UN envoys for the five permanent members of the Security Council will meet in New York later today to discuss the Syria crisis, Reuters reports citing diplomatic sources.

The US, British, Chinese, French and Russian diplomats are expected to discuss a French draft resolution that would give the Syrian government an ultimatum to give up its chemical arsenal or face punitive measures, a text that Russia has said is unacceptable.

Israel: Syria must be stripped of chemical weapons

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that Syria must be stripped of its chemical weapons and that it had carried out a "crime against humanity"

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Credit: REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Netanyahu said that Syria's ally Iran was watching to see how the world reacted, and that any message sent to the regime "will be received loudly in Iran".

"It must be ensured that the Syrian regime is stripped of its chemical weapons, and the world must make sure that whoever uses weapons of mass destruction pays a price for it," Netanyahu said.

Obama sets out the options on the table for Syria

US President Barack Obama has used a televised address to the nation to talk about Syria and a possible diplomatic resolution to the crisis.

He pledged to work directly with Russia to force the Assad regime to give up its chemical weapons.

However, he stressed that he has ordered the US military to "be in a position to respond" if such measures fail

ITV News' Washington Correspondent Robert Moore reports.

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Iran's supreme leader hopes US policy on Syria is 'serious

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Credit: REUTERS/Raheb Homavand

Iran's supreme leader has said he hopes that a US promise to pursue diplomacy to remove the threat of chemical weapons in Syria was "serious", state news agency IRNA has reported.

In a public address, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said: "I am hopeful that the United States new attitude to Syria is serious and not a game with the media."

Iran is the main regional ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad,

US President Barack Obama has pledged to explore a Russian plan to remove Syria's chemical arsenal.

But he has also voiced scepticism about it and urged Americans to support his threat to use military force if needed.

French official: UN Syria resolution talks have begun

UN investigators pictured in Damascus as they investigate August's chemical attack Credit: whitehouse.gov

Tense negotiations have begun on a proposed UN resolution that would put Syria's chemical weapons under international control, a French official has said.

But the plan for Syria to turn over its chemical weapons, initiated by Russia, could hit a stumbling block, as Moscow rejected US and French demands for a binding UN resolution with "very severe consequences" for non-compliance.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Russia objected not only to making the resolution militarily enforceable, but also to blaming the 21 August attack on the Syrian government and demanding that those responsible be taken before an international criminal court.

Obama to pursue diplomacy but keep military postured

President Obama says he will pursue diplomatic efforts to remove Syria's chemical weapons but has ordered the US military to "be in a position to respond" if such measures fail.

President Obama has said the US will pursue diplomatic efforts, cautiously. Credit: Reuters.

"We will work together in consultation with Russia and China to put forward a resolution at the UN Security Council requiring Assad to give up his chemical weapons and to ultimately destroy them under international control."

"Meanwhile, I've ordered our military to maintain their current posture, to keep the pressure on Assad and to be in a position to respond if diplomacy fails."

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