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.

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:

Read: Next 24 hours likely to test Syria diplomatic solution

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Next 24 hours likely to test Syria diplomatic solution

by - Washington Correspondent

In just a few hours' time the major Security Council powers will be meeting at the UN.

I have been told that they will be discussing a French proposal to give Syria just 15 days to agree in principle to surrendering its chemical weapon stockpile.

Then tomorrow there is a US-Russia meeting involving Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Secretary of State John Kerry.

In the next 24 hours we will really get a sense of whether this Russian plan will fly or if, as so many fear in the US, it is just a diversionary tactic.

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
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.

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Americans ponder the wisdom of intervention in Syria

by - Washington Correspondent

Today, is of course, a very sensitive day for Americans. September 11, the 12th anniversary of the attacks on New York and Washington and now they have to ponder the wisdom of intervention in Syria.

I think people are still taking stock of that Obama's speech overnight and will have listened to the moral outrage that the President spoke about and that will have indeed have resonated.

Particularly, if they do, as the President urged look at those CIA verifed videos which were released and that show the harrowing images of people dying in the suburbs of Damacus on 21 August.

A young boy affected by the chemical attack on eastern Damascus Credit: Whitehouse.gov

I suspect at the end of the day, it may not have changed many people's minds. Opinion polls continue to show very strong opposition to intervention and assuming that diplomacy fails as does seem so likely, then of course it becomes once more about the President's and the nation's credibility.

Will President Obama act, can he act without support of the American people or without the authorisation of Congress? That central question even after last night's speech remains entirely unresolved.

Watch: Obama sets out the options on the table for Syria

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.

Read: Obama warns Assad over action

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.

Read: Obama warns Assad over action

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.

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