US, Russia, other powers agree on core of UN Syria resolution: Diplomats
UNITED NATIONS (REUTERS) - After weeks of haggling, the United States (US), Russia, France, China and Britain have agreed on the core of a UN Security Council resolution to rid Syria of its chemical weapons, two Western diplomats said on Wednesday, but Russia denied such an agreement.
The agreement came after the foreign ministers of the five permanent members of the council met over lunch with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon earlier in the day, the diplomats said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
They said a draft resolution could be presented to the full 15-nation council soon, and the five permanent members would also meet on Friday to discuss a proposed Syria peace conference in Geneva.
"It seems that things are moving forward," said a Western diplomatic source, adding that there was "an agreement among the five on the core".