France on Tuesday said it would propose a resolution through the U.N. Security Council forcing Syria to dismantle its chemical weapons program, according to The Associated Press.
The move adds to a flurry of activity Monday spurred by Secretary of State John Kerry’s remarks that President Bashar Assad’s regime could avoid a military strike from the United States if it handed over its chemical weapons stockpile in the next week.
Assad has denied the use of chemical weapons against his own people. In an interview Sunday, Assad would not confirm that his country even possessed chemical weapons.
Fabius said the resolution would hold “very serious consequences” if it was violated and would be filed under Chapter 7 of the U.N. charter, which is enforceable by military action.
President Obama, conducting half a dozen interviews Monday, gave tacit endorsement to the plan.
"It's possible if it's real," Obama told CNN on Monday.
"And, you know, I think it's certainly a positive development when the Russians and the Syrians both make gestures toward dealing with these chemical weapons. This is what we've been asking for, not just over the last week or the last month, but for the last couple of years."
Shortly after Kerry made his comments Monday morning, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said his country, a strong ally of the Assad regime, would put pressure on Assad to hand over its weapons to the international community.
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said Syria would welcome the effort.
Previously Russia has stalled any vote in the U.N. Security Council that would condemn the use of chemical weapons in Syria, without assigning blame.