Ever since the conflict between Syria’s government (headed by President Bashar Assad) and pro-reform demonstrators took a violent turn in 2011, the United Nations (UN) has been under constant pressure from the US and its allies for launching military action against Syria. The latest provocation comes after footage emerged of a suspected chemical weapons attack in areas surrounding eastern Damascus. Hundreds of people are reported to have lost their lives in this attack, said to be the deadliest of the conflict so far. While rebels are blaming the Assad government for the assault, the latter has denied these allegations, describing it as a pre-planned attempt by the opposition to tarnish the government’s image. The world has reacted angrily to the news with US and its allies favouring a limited military strike against the government. Even as the world debates about its response to the use of chemical weapons, Russia has been successful in convincing Syria to place its chemical weapons under international control. Reports say that UN has confirmed receiving documents from Syria on joining the chemical weapons convention.