British Prime Minister David Cameron announced Wednesday that a draft resolution authorizing “necessary measures” in Syria will be presented to the U.N. Security Council within hours,
The move came as the U.S. and its allies lay the diplomatic groundwork for military strikes, which officials in Washington said could begin as early as Thursday night.
“Britain has drafted a resolution condemning the chemical weapons attack by President Bashar Assad and authorizing necessary measures to protect civilians,” Cameron said on his official Twitter feed.
“We’ve always said we want the UN Security Council to live up to its responsibilities on Syria. Today they have an opportunity to do that,” Cameron added.
However, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said inspectors should be given time to determine whether Assad used poison gas against civilians.
“It is essential to establish the facts. The team needs time to do its job,” he said in The Hague on Wednesday.