Negotiations for several days finally ended with positive results as US and Russia agreed on Saturday, September 14, 2013, for the next move that it will take by mid 2014 regarding the securing and destroying of Syria’s chemical weapons. Failure of compliance may mean an imposed UN penalties to the country’s leader President Bashar Assad.
Recalling the event that occurred last August 21, UN inspectors are expected to submit their comprehensive report this weekend on what had transpired that day as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday he expects “an overwhelming report” that indeed chemical weapon s were used on the outskirts of Damascus killing innocent civilians.
Meanwhile the deal was announced by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva, Switzerland, includes the so called “shared assessment” on the Syria’s weapon stockpile and timetable for the Syrian leader to follow the said terms for the inventory and full identification and seizure of the said chemical weapons
The two countries agreed to press for a UN council Resolution that protects the chemical weapons agreement under Chapter 7 of the UN charter. This can mean that both are authorized to use force and nonmilitary measures.
However, Russia who already rejected three resolutions on Syria, is expected to veto military actions, as US officials also reiterated that they did not envision seeking such authority.
As Kerry told correspondents during a press conference held at the hotel where the negotiations where conducted since Thursday night “”The world will now expect the Assad regime to live up to its public commitments, There can be no games, no room for avoidance or anything less than full compliance by the Assad regime.”
It has not been confirmed however if Syria has signed the agreement, requiring Damascus to succumb and submit its full inventory of its stocks next week. It is known that Russia has a close ties with Syria and holds influence on the said middle eastern ally.
“We understand that the decisions we have reached today are only the beginning of the road.” watchful to what he says, Lavrov added.
This deal is said to be critical in breaking the international stalemate that blocked the continuation of peace talks that will end the Syrian war which has been going on for three years.
The framework agreement of the said deal is for the international inspectors to be on the Syrian ground by November, and within this month the said group should be able to complete their initial assessment and all mixing and filling equipment of chemical weapons is to be removed or destroyed by mid 2014.
Non -compliance of the Syrian government or any other involved party will be referred to the 15th Security Council by the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapon s This is the group that oversees Chemical WeaponsConvention which Syria agreed to join this week.
Kerry and Lavrov however emphasized that this message does not just go for Syria but to the world that using chemical weapons will not be tolerated.
US and Russia are just two of the five permanent security council members with a veto. Others are Britain, China and France respectively.
It was agreed upon that Syria should be able to submit a comprehensive list which includes the” names, types and quantities of its chemical weapons agents, types of munitions, and location and form of storage, production, and research and development facilities.”