Syria envoy says military action requires UNSC backing

The UN envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, has said international law is clear that a collective UN Security Council decision is needed for military action to be carried out.

Speaking in Geneva, Mr Brahimi also said evidence suggests some chemical "substance" was used near Damascus, claiming the lives of hundreds.

His comments came as the German foreign minister urged all members of the council, especially Russia, to back Britain's draft resolution on Syria.

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West 'threatening Syria solution'

The Russian Ambassador to the UK has accused the West of "deliberately undermining chances for a political solution in Syria" by pushing for military action. The US has said Syria must be held accountable for its "heinous" chemical weapons attack.