UN Must Act Next Week on Syria Chemical Weapons, Kerry Says

The United Nations Security Council “must be prepared to act next week” to pass a resolution requiring President Bashar al-Assad’s regime to abide by terms of the U.S.-Russian agreement on the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said.

Kerry told reporters in Washington today that it is “vital for the international community to stand up and speak out about the importance of enforceable action to rid the world” of Syria’s chemical arsenal. He called on the Security Council to act on a resolution next week, when the UN General Assembly will be meeting.

He called for “a binding resolution that codifies the strongest possible mechanism to achieve the goal and to achieve it rapidly.”

“It is important that we accomplish the goal in New York and that we accomplish it as quickly as possible,” said Kerry.

He also said there’s “clear and compelling evidence” that Assad’s regime was responsible for a chemical-weapons attack near Damascus on Aug. 21. Assad’s regime and Russian officials have blamed the Syrian opposition for the attack.

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