In interviews with the Daily Mirror, CNN, BBC and Sky today David Owen spoke about the need to try first to win the support of China and Russia for a three part UN Resolution

Lord Owen’s proposals regarding Syria as at 27 August 2013

A diplomatic war should be waged first in the Security Council in New York before the House of Commons endorses any British Tomahawk cruise  missiles being launched against targets in Syria.

Chemical weapons are classified as Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and there  is an International Convention on Chemical Weapons which came into effect in 1997. Today 189 countries are signatories to the Convention; unfortunately seven UN member states have not signed. Importantly they include Syria and Israel as well as Egypt, South Sudan , Burma, North Korea and Angola.

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