U.N. inspectors deliver their report to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
"The military option must remain," French president says
A Syrian official calls the Geneva framework announced Saturday a "victory"
Syria's opposition says the deal doesn't go far enough
The world is expected to get a look at the findings of U.N. weapons inspectors Monday as Security Council powers work to turn a U.S.-Russian framework on Syria’s chemical weapons into a concrete plan.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon received the inspectors’ report on the August poison gas attack outside Damascus on Sunday, the United Nations announced. Ban is scheduled to brief the Security Council on the report in a closed-door session Monday morning – and two diplomats told CNN the report is likely to be released publicly at that time.
The attack led to U.S. threats of military action in Syria, where a civil war has left more than 100,000 dead since 2011, and Syria’s stated decision to hand its chemical weapons arsenal over to international control. Saturday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov laid out a series of steps the Syrians must take to eliminate its stockpile.
The plan now goes to the Security Council, where members are working to craft a resolution that will keep the process under review and allow the world body to consider the use of force if Syria fails to comply.
That effort will start at U.N. headquarters in New York and in Paris, where French President Francois Hollande told the television network TF1 talks would start “as soon as tomorrow” among Kerry, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and British Foreign Secretary William Hague.
“Then Laurent Fabius will go to Russia to meet with his Russian counterpart to end this process, and we could vote on this resolution before the end of the week,” Hollande said. But he added, “This does not mean that we would be done with the case. The violence is still ongoing, the war in Syria is still ongoing, so the next step will be to find a political solution.”
Under the plan, Damascus must submit a comprehensive list of its chemical arsenal within one week, and international inspectors must be on the ground no later than November. Senior U.S. State Department officials said that according to the timeline, initial inspections of declared chemical weapons sites must be completed by November; all production and mixing and filling equipment must be destroyed by November; and all chemical weapons material must b