Two-thirds majority required to empower OPCW to identify source of attacks in Syria

The west appears to have the votes to defeat Russia and force through changes that would give weapons inspectors expanded powers to identify those responsible for using chemical weapons in Syria.

The changes are being proposed by a UK-led alliance angry at the way Russia has shielded the regime of the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, from culpability over the repeated use of chemical weapons.

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