(NEWSER– Though plenty remain skeptical that Syria will in fact hand over its chemical weapons, today began with more forward movement: Syria's foreign minister says his government has "agreed to the Russian initiative" to hand over its chemical weapons for subsequent dismantling in order to "uproot US aggression." The AP calls this apparent acceptance even "more definitive" than yesterday's. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov today said that Russia is consulting Ban Ki-moon and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons as it drafts the plan.

  • France, for its part, intends to put that plan to the test: It will tonight present a draft resolution to the UN Security Council so that the world can "judge the credibility of the intentions that were expressed yesterday," per its foreign minister, the Guardian and New York Timesreport. (As Reuters puts it, France is "turning a Russian idea into a full-blown diplomatic proposal.")

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