British draft of UN SC resolution on Syria tactical move to justify military operation - official

The draft of a UN Security Council resolution on Syria prepared by the UK is a tactical move to justify a military operation against the country, Russian State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee Head Alexei Pushkov said.

The draft of a UN Security Council resolution on Syria prepared by the UK is a tactical move to justify a military operation against the country, Russian State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee Head Alexei Pushkov said.

"London and Washington said that they wanted to fully legitimatize the carrying out of a military strike against Syria. If [British Prime Minister David] Cameron proposes that such a resolution be passed by the Security Council, this is a tactical move. They have guessed the results of their proposal, nevertheless, the mere act of addressing the Security Council is important for them," Pushkov told Interfax on Wednesday.

The essence of London's initiative is to begin a military operation against Syria and refer to the fact that an attempt to raise the issue with the UN Security Council had been made, Pushkov said.

"They want to show that they will not ignore the UN Security Council. It is even possible to predict the situation's further development. If the resolution proposed by London is rejected, the United States and the United Kingdom will insist that they are certain that they are correct and that it is necessary to strike Syria," Pushkov said.

Western mass media has ignored the statement made by Carle Del Ponte, a member of the UN committee investigating human rights violations in Syria, Pushkov said. "The statement of Carla Del Ponte was made on August 26 and is withheld by the 'free' western media because it undermines the task of justifying the military strike," he said.

Carle Del Ponte said that experts had not yet found any evidence that the Syrian authorities used chemical weapons and witnesses' testimony showed that insurgents were responsible for the chemical weapons attack, the Syrian Internet portal Suriya al-Ain reported on Wednesday.

The international commission has yet not found any proof that the government forces used chemical weapons, the portal quoted Carla Del Ponte.

The resolution drafted by the UK stipulates the use of force under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, Cameron tweeted on Wednesday.

"Britain has drafted a resolution condemning the attack by the Assad regime and authorizing all necessary measures under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter to protect civilians [from chemical weapons]," Cameron tweeted.

It was reported that the UN Security Council members might consider the British resolution draft on Wednesday.

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