Britain, France and the United States have agreed to seek a “tough” UN resolution against Syria over its use and stockpile of chemical weapons.
For now it seems the prospect of imminent US military strikes is over.
But the permanent members of the UN Security Council also made it clear that Syria must face consequences if it fails to comply with any binding deadlines.
France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said: “What is important now is that this agreement is put in place rapidly to eliminate once forever the chemical threat that the Syrian regime puts on its own population and its neighbours.”
“We will not tolerate avoidance for anything less than full compliance by the Assad regime for the core principles of what has been achieved here. If Assad fails to comply with the terms of this framework, make no mistake: we are all agreed and that includes Russia that there will be consequences,” said Kerry.
Russia, meanwhile, which has repeatedly voiced its opposition to military action has also expressed its support for UN sanctions for non-compliance.