The UN Security Council on Friday voted unanimously to secure and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile. The vote was the first resolution passed on the Syrian conflict since it began in March 2011.
Speaking immediately after the vote, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the council that he plans to hold talks aimed at organising a political transition in Syria in mid-November.
He said “all violence must end. All the guns must fall silent.” While describing the resolution on Syria’s chemical weapons as “historic” he stated that it was not “a license to kill” with conventional arms.
In his reaction, Bashar Ja’afari, Syria’s ambassador to the UN, said the government was “fully committed” to attending the proposed peace conference. He pointed out that most of the concerns of Damascus were covered in the resolution and that the countries supporting rebels – Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, France and the US – should also abide by it.