U.K. Drafts Syria Resolution Authorizing Measures

Prime Minister David Cameron said the U.K. will put forward a draft resolution at the United Nations today authorizing action to protect civilians after last week’s suspected chemical-weapons attack near Damascus, for which it’s blamed the Syrian government.

“We have always made clear that we want the UN Security Council to live up to its responsibilities on Syria,” Cameron said on his Twitter feed. “Today we are giving its permanent members the opportunity to do that.”

The U.S., France and Britain have put forces into place after the attack near Damascus, which killed as many as 1,300 people, according to opposition groups.

The U.K. opposition Labour Party has said it wants the UN to be consulted before it supports a vote in Parliament tomorrow night on the possible use of force. In Britain, decisions about action are overshadowed by the 2003 invasion of Iraq, which took place without UN support.

On Aug. 26, Cameron spoke by phone to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The two men disagreed whether there’s enough evidence to support Britain’s view that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s government was responsible for the attack, according to Cameron’s office. Russia has a veto in the Security Council and can block any resolution.

According to Cameron’s office, the resolution will be one “authorizing all necessary measures under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter to protect civilians from chemical weapons.”