The Latest: UN seeks way to address chemical arms in Syria

BEIRUT — The latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local):

3:05 a.m.

The U.N. Security Council president says experts are working on a resolution on the continuing use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Peruvian Ambassador Gustavo Mesa-Cuadra told reporters late Monday that council members are also consulting on an impartial investigation of the suspected poison gas attack in the rebel-held town of Douma near Damascus.

The U.S. earlier Monday circulated a draft resolution that would condemn chemical weapons use and establish a new body to determine responsibility for chemical attacks.

Russia vetoed a Western-backed resolution in November that would have extended the mandate for experts who had been assessing blame and circulated its own proposal in January that Western nations have called unacceptable.

Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia says the new U.S. draft “contains some unacceptable elements which may make it even worse.” He says he may call for a vote on the Russian text.


2:20 a.m.

Russia’s U.N. ambassador is urging inspectors from the international chemical weapons watchdog to fly to Syria’s capital Tuesday to visit the site of a suspected poison gas attack in a nearby rebel-held town.

Vassily Nebenzia says experts from Russia’s military radiological, biological and chemical unit went to the site of Sunday’s purported attack in Douma and found no chemical substances on the ground, no dead, and no poisoned people in hospitals.


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