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The UK will present a resolution to the UN Security Council on Wednesday for "authorising necessary measures to protect civilians" in Syria against the use of chemical weapons.
The resolution will be put forward at a meeting of the five permanent members of the Security Council, British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Twitter.
Russia and China have previously vetoed resolutions critical of Syria and may block any text deemed to approve military action.
A statement from 10 Downing Street said Britain will seek a measure "authorising necessary measures to protect civilians" in Syria under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter.
Military force is one of the options that can be authorised under that chapter.
Earlier, Cameron spoke to US President Barack Obama on
phone as the two countries considered military intervention in Syria.
Downing Street said Cameron heard the "latest on US
thinking" on the issue, ahead of a National Security Council
meeting and a House of Commons vote tomorrow.
Cameron has called the parliament back into an emergency
session tomorrow for a debate on Syria and a vote that is
expected to endorse possible military action.
"No decision has yet been taken. Any action we take or
others take would have to be legal, would have to be
proportionate," Cameron said.
"It would have to be specifically to deter and degrade the
future use of chemical weapons,ż he said in an interview
Cameron said the "question we need to ask is whether
acting or not acting will make the use of chemical weapons
The Syrian government has blamed opposition fighters for
an alleged chemical attack near Damascus on August 21, in
which hundreds of people were reportedly killed.
The phone call between Obama and Cameron was the second
since the alleged attack.
The UK government is expected to publish the House of
Commons motion for debate today, along with details of
intelligence linking the Syrian government to the attack.
The motion is expected to stress the need for "appropriate
measures" in response to the use of chemical weapons by any