The United Nation’s five big powers reached an agreement Thursday on a legally binding UN Security Council resolution requiring Syria to dismantle its chemical weapons program (that Syria has only just recently admitted was actually in place) or face the threat of unspecified measures.
This resolution comes after days of high-level talks in New York, ultimately culminating in a meeting between Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. It was the agreement between the two men that was then revealed to the rest of the Security Council members.
The State Department official portrayed the pact as an “historic and unprecedented” achievement saying it would place Syria’s chemical weapons under international control for the first time and it would mark the first time that the Security Council had declared the use of chemical weapons a threat to international peace and security. “This is a breakthrough arrived at through hard-fought diplomacy,” the official said. “Equally as important, it makes absolutely clear that failure of the Assad regime to comply will have consequences.”