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Hague to attend talks on Syria
Foreign Secretary William Hague is holding further talks on Syria with his US and French counterparts as the United Nations inspectors' report on a widely-suspected chemical weapons attack is published.
At a meeting in Paris, US secretary of state John Kerry will brief Mr Hague and French foreign minister Laurent Fabius on his deal with Russia for the international community to take control of President Bashar al Assad's chemical weapons.
Under the agreement hammered out between Mr Kerry and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva, the regime is required to submit a full inventory of its chemical stockpile by the end of the week, allow international inspectors into the country by November, and complete the surrender of its arsenal by mid 2014.
Speaking on Sunday in Jerusalem after talks with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mr Kerry stressed that the US was still ready to intervene militarily if Assad failed to comply with the terms of the agreement.
"The threat of force is real, and the Assad regime and all those taking part need to understand that President Obama and the United States are committed to achieve this goal," he said.
Meanwhile in New York, the UN inspectors report on last month's suspected chemical attack in a Damascus suburb held by rebels opposed to Assad is due to be released.
UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon said last week that he believed it would be "an overwhelming report" showing that chemical weapons were used.
Mr Ban - who was apparently unaware that his comments were being broadcast on UN television - also said that the Assad regime had "committed many crimes against humanity.