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Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has said he will respect United Nations accords onchemical weapon, Reuters reports, citing an interview with Italian television,
The Syrian government's slate must not be "wiped clean", a former Liberal Democrat leader said today, after the United Nations Security Council voted unanimously over a resolution.
Sir Menzies Campbell, also a member of the Commons Foreign Affairs committee, said: "Amidst the euphoria at the UN in New York one significant issue remains unresolved.
"Is it now universally accepted, as all the evidence points to, that the Assad regime used chemical weapons against its own citizens?
"It would be quite wrong and contrary to principle if the result of the rapprochement over Syria between the USA and Russia were to wipe a very dirty slate clean."
Chemical weapons are not killing and injuring most children, the chief executive of Save the Children said today, after the United Nations voted unanimously on a Syria resolution.
Justin Forsyth said:
The Foreign Secretary said the unanimous UN Security Council resolution was about "ensuring" that the horrors of the Assad regime's chemical attacks never happened again.
He claimed the focus was now on "the everyday horrors of the dire humanitarian situation" in Syria ahead of a new round of diplomatic discussions regarding Syria in Geneva in mid-November.
Here is a breakdown of the key points from the UN Security Council Resolution in New York:
- The unanimous vote by the 15-member Security Council to secure and destroy Syria's chemical weapons capped weeks of intense diplomacy between Russia and the United States.
- This deal was based on an agreement between the two countries following an August 21 sarin nerve gas attack on a Damascus suburb that killed hundreds of people.
- It ends a two-and-a-half year deadlock in the UN over Syria, a country where government and rebel fighting is still ongoing.
- The deal which demands the eradication of Syria's chemical weapons does not threaten automatic punitive action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government if it does not comply.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has described the Security Council's decision to destroy Syria's arms as "historic".
The 15-member UN Security Council body have backed the draft document agreed earlier by Russia and the US to destory Syria's chemical weapons.
US secretary of state, John Kerry, said the UN Security Council's unanimous binding resolution to secure and destroy Syria's chemical weapons showed that "diplomacy (is) powerful enough to defuse (the) worst weapons of war".
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrovhas has declared that his country would like to participate in the Syrian chemical weapons clean-up after the Security Council resolution vote in New York.
UN chief Ban Ki-moon says the Security Council resolution is the "first hopeful news on Syria in a long time".