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Deal reached on UN resolution

Published: Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – The five permanent members of the deeply divided U.N. Security Council reached agreement Thursday on a resolution to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal, British and U.S. diplomats said, and the full council was set to discuss it Thursday night.

The agreement represents a major breakthrough in addressing the 2 1⁄2-year conflict, which has killed more than 100,000 people.

Divisions among the permanent members have paralyzed council action on Syria since the conflict began.

U.N. diplomats said this resolution would be the first legally binding one on Syria in the conflict if adopted, which now appears virtually certain.

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