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Ian McColgin
09-21-2013, 05:21 PM
Published on Saturday, September 21, 2013 by Common Dreams

Syria Meets Deadline to Disclose Chemical Weapons

Sharp divides over disarmament process remain as US continues threat of force

- Sarah Lazare, staff writer

The Syrian government met the first deadline in the disarmament plan brokered by the United States and Russia by submitting information about its chemical weapons to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in the Hague.

"OPCW has confirmed that it has received the expected disclosure from the Syrian government regarding its chemical weapons programme," the organization announced on its website. "The Technical Secretariat is currently reviewing the information received."

The watchdog had announced Friday that the handover of information from the Syrian government was incomplete, but this claim was reversed by its Saturday statement.

The timeline for Syria's chemical weapons disarmament was set by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who gave Syria until Saturday to reveal its full chemical arsenal. Syria is believed to possess approximately 1,000 tons of chemical weapons.

As Syria meets its first deadline, the U.S. and Russia remain sharply divided over key issues. The U.S. holds that the Syrian government was responsible for the August 21st Al-Ghouta chemical attacks, even though the recent UN confirming chemical weapons use did not determine culpability. Russian officials argue that it is still not clear who is responsible for the chemical attacks and claim there is evidence forces opposing the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were behind them.

Furthermore, the US government insists on maintaining threat of force throughout the disarmament process. Russian officials stand opposed to the continued threats and against invoking the UN's Chapter VII resolution without evidence of Syrian noncompliance, arguing this would be disruptive to efforts to achieve a peaceful solution.

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LeeG
09-21-2013, 05:51 PM
OPCW was the organization that John Bolton/Bush administration conspired against to remove inconvenient truths about Iraqs nonexistent CW programs before the push for invasion in 2002.

S.V. Airlie
09-21-2013, 06:55 PM
Published on Saturday, September 21, 2013 by Common Dreams

Syria Meets Deadline to Disclose Chemical Weapons

Sharp divides over disarmament process remain as US continues threat of force

- Sarah Lazare, staff writer

The Syrian government met the first deadline in the disarmament plan brokered by the United States and Russia by submitting information about its chemical weapons to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in the Hague.

"OPCW has confirmed that it has received the expected disclosure from the Syrian government regarding its chemical weapons programme," the organization announced on its website. "The Technical Secretariat is currently reviewing the information received."

The watchdog had announced Friday that the handover of information from the Syrian government was incomplete, but this claim was reversed by its Saturday statement.

The timeline for Syria's chemical weapons disarmament was set by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who gave Syria until Saturday to reveal its full chemical arsenal. Syria is believed to possess approximately 1,000 tons of chemical weapons.

As Syria meets its first deadline, the U.S. and Russia remain sharply divided over key issues. The U.S. holds that the Syrian government was responsible for the August 21st Al-Ghouta chemical attacks, even though the recent UN confirming chemical weapons use did not determine culpability. Russian officials argue that it is still not clear who is responsible for the chemical attacks and claim there is evidence forces opposing the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were behind them.

Furthermore, the US government insists on maintaining threat of force throughout the disarmament process. Russian officials stand opposed to the continued threats and against invoking the UN's Chapter VII resolution without evidence of Syrian noncompliance, arguing this would be disruptive to efforts to achieve a peaceful solution.

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 LicenseGreat, Syria is determining what Syria has and how much and then, writing a nice little report on its' own findings for review. Good for them!

Ian McColgin
09-21-2013, 07:02 PM
If Assad really gives up his poisons great. Meanwhile I'm for any way to stay out of that mess. Assad's enemies include a whole raft of bad guys and there is really almost nothing we can do that will lessen the killing. There are a lot of things we can do to ensure that more are slaughtered. So this slow dance with Putin is about as benign as we can manage for now.

S.V. Airlie
09-21-2013, 07:04 PM
If Assad really gives up his poisons great. Meanwhile I'm for any way to stay out of that mess. Assad's enemies include a whole raft of bad guys and there is really almost nothing we can do that will lessen the killing. There are a lot of things we can do to ensure that more are NOT slaughtered. So this slow dance with Putin is about as benign as we can manage for now. Fixed it for you I hope!

Ian McColgin
09-21-2013, 07:11 PM
We disagree profoundly on this one Jamie. There is no strategy for US military intervention that can do anything we might want, if we even knew what we might want. Civil wars are the most horrible thing that can happen to a nation but civil wars in which outsiders meddel are worse than civil wars, even really horrible ones like ours, where other nations don't intervene.

S.V. Airlie
09-21-2013, 07:57 PM
That maybe true Ian but, this agreement is BS. If another country takes the responsibility in determining what the chemicals are and how much there is. I'd be happy. Syria checking on what Syria has and how much is a bloomin' joke.

Ian McColgin
09-21-2013, 08:00 PM
OPCW does not just take someone's word for anything. They have a better record for sniffing out the truth than anyone else. It's a very complex and sophisticated investigation.