By Julian Pecquet - 09/26/13 09:43 PM EDT
The United States has reached a deal with Russia on Syria's chemical weapons, President Obama's ambassador to the United Nations said Thursday.
The U.N. Security Council is scheduled to take up the resolution Thursday evening, Samantha Power tweeted. A vote could come next week.
“Agreement reached w/Russia on UNSC Resolution legally obligating Syria to give up CW they used on their people. Going to full UNSC tonight,” Power tweeted. “The draft UNSCR establishes that Syria's use of CW is threat to international peace & security & creates a new norm against the use of CW.”
Russia offered to broker a deal for Assad to turn over his weapons after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters earlier this month that doing so could avert a possible U.S. military strike. Diplomats have been debating since then on how to enforce the deal.
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