U.N. Inspectors Turn in Report on Syria’s Chemical Weapons
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.