French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius gives a press conference with Secretary of State John Kerry at the ministry in Paris, on September 7, 2013. (Photo credit: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images)
Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY
France said Tuesday it would put before the United Nations Security Council a resolution appealing to the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad to make public the details of its chemical weapons program.
The announcement was made in Paris by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.
Fabius said the terms of the resolution will call for an "extremely serious" response were Syria to violate the conditions set by the resolution. He said the process - under Chapter 7 of the U.N. charter - will start later Tuesday.
France is a permanent member of the Security Council. The other permanent members are the United States, United Kingdom, China and Russia. Permanent members have the power to veto resolutions.
Meanwhile, according to Reuters, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said his country is working with Syria on a concrete plan for putting its chemical weapons under international control. Syria has welcomed that initiative.
Reuters reported that the idea was first discussed between President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of last week's Group of 20 summit.
The development comes as support for President Obama's call for military intervention in Syria appears to be on the decline.