U.S., and Russia agree to draft of Syria resolution- Foreign Policy(FP)

“The permanent members of the U.N. Security Council have agreed to the draft of a resolution that will force the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to give up its chemical weapons. The deal is the result of a month of harried negotiations following a chemical weapons attack in the Ghouta neighborhood of Damascus on Aug. 21 which prompted President Obama to threaten punitive airstrikes, breaking the U.S.-Russian diplomatic impasse. The resolution could be approved as early as today, and weapons inspections could begin as early as next Tuesday. Whether or not the resolution will enforce penalties on the Assad regime for noncompliance remains a point of contention. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power told reporters that “This resolution makes clear there will be consequences for noncompliance,” but some remain skeptical that the consequences will be put in force. As Colum Lynch points out in FP, Russia has insisted that “a violation be ‘indisputable and proved’ and that it must be of a particular ‘gravity’ to merit the adoption of a new resolution,” which could tie the hands of the United States and other nations looking to punish Syrian abuses. Langauge from previous drafts that would have referred Assad to the International Criminal Court in the event the agreement is violated was also withdrawn before the final draft.”

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Source: foreign policy morning brief, Friday, September 27, 2013: http://www.foreignpolicy.com

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About Johnson Boyede

Johnson Boyede, B.Sc in International Relations. He wrote 'Addressing terrorism in Nigeria and possible spill over into West Africa' for his Long Essay. He contributes scholarly writings to an open facebook group, 'League of Diplomats'. He agrees and runs with the opinion of Paul Romer that, "Knowledge is a non-rival nature and only partly excludable... In an open society, knowledge's non-rival nature means that a piece of new information can be used over and over again, by different people, in varying contexts and to make new things...one good piece of knowledge will live several lifetimes, undergo different iterations and be put to ever more unique purposes."
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