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Syria disarmament ordered in UN plan

FIRST HOPE:The first resolution hammered out by all five members could signal steps toward an end to the violence in Syria, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said

AFP, UNITED NATIONS

Ban said the resolution “will ensure that the elimination of the Syrian chemical weapons program happens as soon as possible and with the utmost transparency and accountability.”

Ban also told the Security Council he wanted to hold a new Syria peace conference in November.

“We are aiming for a conference in mid-November,” Ban said, adding that foreign ministers from Britain, China, France, Russia and the US had agreed to make sure the two sides in the conflict negotiate in “good faith.”

A first peace conference was held in June last year, but there has been no follow up because of divisions in the Syrian opposition and the international community.

Ban will start contacts with his Syria peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi next week on setting the firm date and who will attend the new meeting, diplomats said.

The Security Council resolution gave backing to last year’s conference declaration, which stated that there should be a transitional government in Syria with full executive powers. It also determined that the new peace conference would be to decide how to implement the accord.

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