June 27, 2018 / 2:14 PM / 22 days ago

Chemical weapons body OPCW's members approve empowerment proposal

THE HAGUE, June 27 (Reuters) - A British-led proposal to give the Organization for the Prohibition for Chemical Weapons (OPCW) new powers to assign blame for attacks with banned toxic munitions overwhelmingly won support from its members on Wednesday, two diplomatic sources said.

In a special session, member states of the agency voted 82-24 for the proposal, easily reaching the two-thirds majority needed for it to succeed.

The motion had been supported by the United States and European Union, but opposed by Russia, Iran, Syria and their allies. (Reporting by Anthony Deutsch; editing by John Stonestreet)

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