UN floats plan to destroy Syrian chemical weapons stocks
United Nations, September 9, 2013
In a bid to help the U.N. Security Council overcome its "embarrassing paralysis," the UN chief said on Monday he may ask the council to demand Syria move its chemical arms stocks to Syrian sites where they can be safely stored and destroyed.
Speaking to reporters in New York, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he may also ask the 15-nation body to demand that Syria join the international anti-chemical weapons convention, a treaty that Damascus has never signed.
He was responding to questions about a Russian plan to place Syrian chemical arms under international control.
British Prime Minister David Cameron too joined the call saying that Syria should be encouraged to place its chemical weapons arsenal under international supervision, but said the world needed to ensure that discussion of such an idea did not become a distraction.
"If Syria were to put its chemical weapons beyond use under international supervision clearly that would be a big step forward," Cameron told parliament.
"We have to be careful though to make sure this is not a distraction tactic to discuss something else rather than the problem on the table."-Reuters