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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.

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