He said if Syria fails to cooperate, the Security Council can pass an entirely different resolution “which may employ Chapter 7.” Lavrov stressed that ongoing attempts to threaten the use of force against Syria would provoke the opposition and disrupt a chance for peace negotiations in Geneva that the U.S. and Russia have been trying to organize.
The Syrian National Coalition — the main umbrella opposition group — welcomed the inspectors’ report and urged the Security Council to hold the Assad regime responsible for the Aug. 21 attack and refer the Syrian government to the International Criminal Court for prosecution.
On the Internet:
Report of the U.N. inspectors: http://www.un.org/disarmament/
Associated Press writers John Heilprin in Geneva, Matthew Lee in Paris, Peter Spielmann at the United Nations and Albert Aji in Damascus, Syria, contributed to this report.