UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council on Friday voted unanimously to adopt a resolution aimed at ridding war-torn Syria of chemical weapons.
The vote came after the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, an international chemical watchdog, agreed on a plan to destroy Syria's stockpile by mid-2014.
"The Security Council decides that the Syrian Arab Republic shall not use, develop, produce, otherwise acquire, stockpile or retain chemical weapons, or transfer, directly or indirectly, chemical weapons to other States or non-State actors," the resolution said.
The measure was finalized on Thursday night by the five permanent members of the 15-member UN body -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States.
A UN fact-finding group has confirmed the use of chemical weapons on Aug. 21 outside the Syrian capital of Damascus. But the inspectors did not say who used them.
DAMASCUS, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- The UN chemical weapons investigation team continued on Friday its probing mission in Syria and is set to finish their second round of investigation on Monday, according to a statement obtained by Xinhua.
"The United Nations mission investigating the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria on Friday continued working on a comprehensive report that is expected to be ready by late October, " the statement said. Full story
UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Friday that China hoped to see an early launch of international verification and destruction of the Syrian chemical weapons and an early end to the Syrian crisis.
Wang made the statement when he was meeting with Walid Muallem, Syrian deputy prime minister and foreign minister, on the sidelines of the annual high-level debate of the UN General Assembly, which entered its fourth day here Friday. Full story