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Saturday, September 14, 2013

US, Russia reach deal on Syria chemical weapons 09-14

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US, Russia reach deal on Syria chemical weapons.

 Is it a deal or a trade off.......... 

President Obama is trading off is option for a limited action now for an opportunity to go for an all out long drawn decade old war at a later date............ 

Syria is as much of a rogue state as Iraq was........ 

It will definitely not honor its commitments to the UN & the world...... 

This will give President Obama a ruse and a chance to mount a full fledged attack on Syria. Even American Boots will make its presence felt in Syria.

Russians will look the other way & maintain a discreet silence.

It has happened in the past and it will happen again.

President Obama needs to dump off his piled up Tomahawks somewhere.

What better disposal ground for this than Syria.

(They disposed off more than 400 in Iraq)

US, Russia reach deal on Syria chemical weapons

Assad must account for, destroy weapons

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with U.N. Joint Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, center, next to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, right, during a press conference after their meeting at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, Sept. 13, 2013.  (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with U.N. Joint Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, center, next to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, right, during a press conference after their meeting at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland

The Obama administration and Russia reached a deal Saturday to compel Syria to account for and eventually destroy its chemical weapons arsenal, leaving open the possibility that the UN could authorize sanctions or military action for future violations.

The deal announced in Geneva by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov provides a path for President Obama to avoid the air strikes he had promised to launch against Syria for its recent use of sarin gas on civilians in a Damascus suburb.

“We have committed to a standard that says, verify and verify,” Kerry said during a news conference with his Russian counterpart, according to The Associated Press.

The president has been backpedaling from the threat of air strikes to punish Syrian leader Bashar Assad in the absence of support inside Congress, or from the American public and U.S. allies.

The deal includes a timetable and specific actions Syria must take comply. Kerry said the U.S. and Russia had agreed on grounds under which they might request a Security Council “Chapter 7” resolution — authorizing both military and non-military sanctions.

The U.S. and Russia are two of the five permanent Security Council members with a veto. The others are Britain, China, and France.

Kerry said any violations will result in “measures” from the Security Council, while Lavrov said the violations must be sent to the Security Council from the board of the chemical weapons convention before sanctions — short of the use of force — would be considered.

Lavrov called the agreements a “decision based on consensus and compromise and professionalism.”

Any violations of procedures … would be looked at by the Security Council and if they are approved, the Security Council would take the required measures, concrete measures,” 

Lavrov said. “Nothing is said about the use of force or about any automatic sanctions. All violations should be approved by the Security Council.”

Kerry said the pair and their teams of experts had reached “a shared assessment” of Syria’s weapons stockpile and that Syria must destroy all of its weapons.

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