UN may vote on Syria resolution

The United Nations Security Council could vote later today on a draft resolution on destroying Syria's chemical weapons. In a major breakthrough last night, the US and Russia reached an agreement on the resolution.

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Syria agreement 'historic and unprecedented'

A resolution reached over Syria's chemical weapons has been hailed has a "breakthrough" by a senior US State Department official.

In a statement, the National Security Council said:

This is historic and unprecedented because it puts oversight of the Assad regime’s compliance under international control and it's the first UNSCR to declare that the use of chemical weapons is a threat to peace and security.

Equally as important, it makes absolutely clear that failure of the Assad regime to comply will have consequences.

Syria will 'implode' before any side claims 'victory'

Syria will "implode" before any side would claim a military victory, the US Secretary of State said today after the country reached an agreement with Russia on a Syria chemical weapons resolution at the UN Security Council.

John Kerry said there is a "need to move rapidly" to put a political solution in place for Syria through the Geneva process, according to Reuters.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Credit: REUTERS/Ruben Sprich

US confirms agreement reached with Russia over Syria

Samantha Power, the US ambassador to the UN, confirmed an agreement had been reached with Russia on a Syrian chemical weapons resolution.

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Agreement reached w/Russia on UNSC Resolution legally obligating #Syria to give up CW they used on their people. Going to full UNSC tonight.

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The draft UNSCR establishes that #Syria's use of CW is threat to international peace & security & creates a new norm against the use of CW.

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