Syria: UN agrees to Ban Ki-moon's proposal on chemical weapons

United Nations: UN diplomats say the Security Council has agreed to proposals by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to destroy Syria's chemical weapons by the target of mid-2014.

France's UN Ambassador Gerard Araud and Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said after closed consultations late Thursday that the 15 council members decided to authorize the plan proposed by Ban in a letter — not a resolution.

United Nations Secretary General Ban ki-Moon. Reuters

United Nations Secretary General Ban ki-Moon. Reuters

In an 11-page letter to the council on Monday, Ban recommended that a joint mission be established by the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, with a total staff of approximately 100, to carry out what he described as a dangerous and unprecedented operation.

Azerbaijan's UN Ambassador Agshin Mehdiyev, the current council president, said he would draft a letter to the secretary-general soon.

Associated Press