Syria has destroyed or rendered inoperable all of its
declared chemical weapons production and mixing facilities,
meeting a major deadline in an ambitious disarmament
programme, the international chemical weapons watchdog says.
International powers are unlikely to meet their goal of
convening peace talks on Syria in Geneva next month as
differences emerge between Washington and Moscow over
opposition representation, Arab and Western officials said.
France says it expects the UN Security Council to agree on a
resolution to enforce a chemical weapons deal with Syria and
appeared to give up on its previous calls to have a
resolution threatening force against President Bashar
Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov says an
initial UN Security Council resolution supporting a deal for
Syria to scrap its chemical arms should be limited to that
purpose, suggesting Moscow would oppose any threat of force.
UN chemical investigators have confirmed the use of sarin
nerve agent in an August 21 poison gas attack outside the
Syrian capital in a long-awaited report that confirmed the
West's suspicions but was not intended to assign blame.
Syria's government has hailed as a "victory" a
Russian-brokered deal that has averted US strikes, while
President Barack Obama has defended a chemical weapons pact
that the rebels fear has bolstered their enemy in the civil