Russian-U.S. draft resolution on Syria will be submitted to UNSC on Friday - Lavrov
Russia and the United States have agreed upon a draft resolution addressing Syria's chemical weapons, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters on Friday.
The document will be submitted to the UN Security Council (UNSC) today, he said.
"We have finalized the draft decisions that will be submitted to the headquarters of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in the Hague any minute. We have also agreed upon a Russian-American draft resolution which will be submitted to the UNSC today in order to support the decision that I hope the OPCW will adopt," Lavrov said.
"We have a shared sense that in both the Security Council and the OPCW these documents will be met positively," the Russian minister said.
"We expect that the votes on these two very important decisions will take place in the near future, first in the Hague and then [in the Security Council] in New York," Lavrov said.
These documents regulate all of the organizational and judicial issues concerning the implementation of the Syrian chemical weapons destruction deal, he said.
"Professionals will begin their work now," he said.
All of the information provided by the Syrian authorities will be verified on the spot, Lavrov said, adding that OPCW experts would visit the sites indicated by the Syrian government.
"I am satisfied with our work, and I hope that the Russian-American initiative, which has already won broad support, will be backed both by the OPCW and the UNSC in a practical sense," Lavrov said.