DAMASCUS, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- The visiting Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that his country wouldn't accept any UN resolution adopted under the Chapter VII of the UN Charter, which paves the way to military action in some cases.
The Russian stance came as the Western powers were mulling over binding a UN resolution on Syria to Chapter VII to insure the compliance of Damascus.
Ryabkov's comments were made during a meeting with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem, which according to Syria's state news agency SANA, mainly focused on the recent U.S.-Russian deal on Syria.
However, Washington warned that the threats of using force will remain on the table to insure Damascus' compliance with the concluded deal.
On Tuesday, officials from the United States, Russia, Britain, France and China started negotiations on a Western-drafted resolution that would be designed to secure the destruction of Syria's chemical arsenal with a timetable.
The Western allies have stressed that Syria should face consequences if it fails to comply with any binding deadlines, which are supposed to be determined by a UN Security Council resolution that would put the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons in motion.
The Tuesday meeting came a day after a UN report by inspectors indicated that chemical weapons were used at al-Ghouta suburb of Damascus "on a relatively large scale resulting in numerous casualties, particularly among civilians and including many children."
The report which is designated to determine if chemical weapons were used, didnot point out who used the chemical weapons,
Khalaf al-Miftah, Syria's deputy information minister, hoped for an evenhanded investigation into the use of chemical weapon in order to pinpoint the parties responsible for its usage.
"We wish the launch of an investigation to determine the parties that used the chemical weapons through a mechanism in coordination with the Syrian government," he told Xinhua Tuesday.
Al-Miftah said that all of Washington's pretexts to unleash a military strike against Syria have fallen. "There is no threat and the chemical weapon shouldn't be used as a cover to carry out an aggression against Syria."
"Syria has accepted to join the chemical weapon treaty... Syria doesn't want aggression, but works for promoting peace," he added.
NEW YORK, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Diplomats from the five permanent members of the UN Security Council on Tuesday kicked off talks on a Western-drafted resolution on the issue of Syria's chemical weapons and agreed to meet again on Wednesday, diplomatic sources told Xinhua.
Diplomats from Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States met for about one hour to discuss the draft resolution, jointly hammered out by the U.S., Britain and France, which would demand the destruction of the chemical ammunition of Syria, where UN inspectors have confirmed a chemical weapons attack outside Damascus, the Syrian capital, on Aug. 21, the sources said. Full story
DAMASCUS, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al- Moallem discussed on Tuesday a Russian-U.S. deal struck recently to strip Damascus of its chemical arsenal, with visiting Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, the state-run SANA news agency reported.
During the meeting with Ryabkov, al-Moallem stressed the mutual trust between Russia and his country and the resolution to stand in the face of all the "plots that are being hatched against Syria, " according to SANA. Full story
UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Syria's chemical weapons arsenal can be dismantled as quickly as possible, even without a full ceasefire, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday.
"This process of verifying and destroying the chemical weapons can be done expeditiously if there is a political will," he said at a press conference, which is dominated by questions regarding the Monday report on the use of chemical weapons in Syria. Full story