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U.N. Votes to Eliminate Syrian Weapons

Tsafrir Abayov/AP

On Friday, the U.N Security Council unanimously passed a resolution to secure and destroy Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons after weeks of negotiations. "Today's historic resolution is the first hopeful news on Syria in a long time," said U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The council will be convening an international peace conference in Geneva in November. The mission to destroy an estimated 1,000-ton chemical arsenal is expected to begin next week and will last until mid-2014. The resolution threatens consequences against Syria if the government doesn't comply, but they will be laid out and voted upon separately if needed.