The five permanent members of the deeply divided U.N. Security Council agreed Thursday on a draft resolution to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile and it will be put for a vote late Friday, officials said.
The agreement represents a major breakthrough in addressing the 2 1/2-year conflict, which has killed more than 100,000 people, according to Associated Press.
Divisions among the permanent members have paralyzed U.N. Security Council’s action on Syria since the conflict began.
U.N. diplomats said this resolution would be the first legally binding one on Syria in the conflict if adopted, which now appears virtually certain.
Britain’s U.N. ambassador, Mark Lyall Grant, tweeted that Britain, France, the U.S., Russia and China had agreed on a “binding and enforceable draft … resolution.”
The U.S. and Russia had been at odds on how to enforce the resolution, but Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power confirmed that the last hurdles to agreement had been overcome.
On Twitter, Power said the draft resolution establishes that Syria’s chemical weapons “is threat to international peace & security & creates a new norm against the use of CW.”
The Security Council will vote of the draft resolution on Friday night if the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, based in The Hague, accepts a linked U.S.-Russian plan to put Syrian weapons under international control, diplomats said, according to AFP.
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