Syrian opposition chief calls for U.N. resolution allowing use of force

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Syrian opposition chief Ahmad Jarba urged the Security Council on Tuesday to adopt a resolution under Chapter VII of the U.N. charter authorizing the use of military force against President Bashar al-Assad’s “war machine.”

“Ending the killing of Syrian people is only possible by stopping the regime's war machine and barring it from using its aviation, missiles and artillery, and depriving it of its chemical weapons,” Jarba said in a televised speech aired by Al Arabiya.

The head of the opposition National Coalition said this action should be taken “under Chapter VII of the U.N. Charter.”

His comments came as envoys from the five Security Council permanent members met at U.N. headquarters in New York to discuss a French-drafted resolution on destroying Syria's chemical weapons, AFP reported.

Diplomats said ambassadors discussed a French text which included a demand for action under Chapter VII of the U.N. Charter if Syrian President Assad does not stick to the U.S.-Russian plan.

Britain, France and the United States are in favor of a strong resolution against Syria.

But Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who agreed a deal on Saturday with U.S. counterpart John Kerry to dismantle and destroy Syria's chemical arms stockpile by mid-2014, is opposed to a resolution that is under the chapter of the U.N. charter that allows the use of force.

France also wants chemical weapons attacks in Syria referred to the International Criminal Court.

U.N. Secretary General calls for “more determined efforts to resolve the conflict” in Syria after a U.N. report by chemical weapons experts confirms that sarin gas was used on Syrian civilians.

“There must be a robust effort to bring perpetrators to justice for the serious international crimes that have been committed since the beginning by all parties to the conflict,” the U.N. chief said.

(With AFP and Reuters)