France, Britain and the United States have agreed to seek a " strong binding " UN resolution on Syria if Damascus fails to hand over its chemical weapons.
The three Western permanent members of the United Nations Security Council agreed on Monday to step up pressure on the Syrian government to stick to the terms of a deal brokered by Russia and the US over its chemical weapons, the office of French President Francois Hollande says. The three countries said there had to be a "precise timetable" for the dismantling of weapons in Syria. The statement came after talks were held between Hollande, US Secretary of State John Kerry, and British Foreign Secretary William Hague in the French capital, Paris. The meeting came ahead of the publication of a report by UN inspectors on a chemical weapons attack that allegedly killed hundreds of people in the suburbs of Damascus last month. Russia and the US agreed on Saturday in Geneva on a deal to place Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons under international supervision by mid-2014. Based on the agreement, Damascus has one week to hand over the details of its stockpiles to inspectors. Syria has accepted the proposal. The proposal was initially put forward by Russians as a way to head off Washington’s possible use of force against Syria. The war rhetoric against Syria gained momentum on August 21, when the militants operating inside the country and the foreign-backed Syrian opposition claimed that over a thousand people had been killed in a government chemical attack on militant strongholds on the outskirts of Damascus.