The United Kingdom has drafted a resolution to be put forward to the United Nations Security Council over Syria, British Prime Minister David Cameron’s office said Wednesday.
Downing Street said “Britain has drafted a resolution condemning the chemical weapons attack by (Syrian President Bashar) Assad and authorizing necessary measures to protect civilians.”
Downing Street said the U.K. wanted the Security Council to “live up to its responsibilities on Syria.”
A draft text has not been released, but the resolution, drafted under the U.N.’s Chapter 7, will be put forward at a meeting of the five permanent members of the Security Council at a gathering in New York later Wednesday.
China, France, Russia, the U.K. and the U.S. comprise the international body that is responsible for maintaining international peace.
The development comes as U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon has appealed for a diplomatic solution to the crisis. Ban said the U.N. team investigating the alleged chemical attack must be given time to establish the facts.
The U.S. and its allies hinted Tuesday that the Assad regime may be attacked militarily for the alleged gassing of his people to halt a rebellion.
U.N. weapons inspectors are continuing their investigation.