UN green light to destroy Syria's chemical weapons
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - UN diplomats say the Security Council has agreed to proposals by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon to destroy Syria's chemical weapons by the target of mid-2014.
France's UN Ambassador Gerard Araud and Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said after closed consultations late on Thursday that the 15 council members decided to authorise the plan proposed by Mr Ban in a letter - not a resolution.
In an 11-page letter to the council on Monday, Mr Ban recommended that a joint mission be established by the UN and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, with a total staff of approximately 100, to carry out what he described as a dangerous and unprecedented operation.
Azerbaijan's UN Ambassador Agshin Mehdiyev, the current council president, said he would draft a letter to the Secretary-General soon.