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Sep 10, 2013 4:57 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

UN Security Council cancels meeting on Syria

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Security Council has canceled a meeting on a resolution aimed at securing and destroying Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles.

The closed consultations had been scheduled for 4 p.m. EDT (2000 GMT) Tuesday. Australian Ambassador Gary Guinlan says in a Twitter message that the meeting was canceled "following withdrawal of the request for consultations."

Council diplomats said Russia asked for the meeting and then withdrew its request. There were no other details.

The Syrian government has accepted a proposal from Russia, its most powerful ally, to give up its chemical weapons stockpile. France has announced that it plans to introduce a Security Council resolution to ensure international verification of the disarmament.

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