US idea to lay blame in Syria chlorine attacks gets support

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Posted: May 07, 2015 8:02 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council president says a "large majority" of members support a U.S. effort to create a way to attribute blame for chlorine attacks in Syria and are ready to move quickly in the next few days. But Syria ally Russia worries whether it will be objective.

Lithuanian Ambassador Raimonda Murmokaite told reporters after consultations Thursday that the U.S. needs to "iron out the outstanding doubts and questions" and all 15 members need to see the plan in writing.

The council met as Syrian activists reported new suspected attacks that left several dozens of people suffering from asphyxiation.

The Security Council has been unable to follow up on a resolution it passed last month that threatened action for such attacks because no one has a mandate to assign blame.