TODAY’S MESOP SYRIA INSIGHT – Sensational : U.N. found out “use of chemical weapons is a threat to international peace”
ASSAD CAN STILL USE CHEMICAL WEAPONS AGAINST SYRIANS BECAUSE NO AUTOMATICAL PENALTIES IN SIGHT
The permanent five members of the U.N. Security Council have reached anagreement on a draft resolutionthat would require Syria to relinquish its chemical weapons arsenal. According to officials, there would be no automatic penalties for noncompliance.
However the resolution would include a stipulation that if Syria fails to abide by its terms, measures could be taken under the Chapter VII mandate, including sanctions or the use of force. However, this would require an additional Security Council resolution that Russia could veto. The draft resolution defines chemical weapons as a “threat to international peace and security.” Additionally, it calls for the Syrian government to begin a political transition. The full 15 member Security Council could vote on the draft as early as Friday, once the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has approved a U.S. and Russian proposal for securing and destroying Syria’s chemical arms. According to the draft, the OPCW would start investigating Syria’s arsenal by Tuesday, including sites not declared by the government. The United Nations has said that a team of chemical weapons inspectors is set to finish by Monday its investigation in Syria into seven cases of suspected chemical or biological weapons use. Meanwhile, head of the opposition Syrian Supreme Military Council, General Salim Idriss, is expected to meetwith fighters from 13 Islamist rebel groups that on Tuesday released a statement rejecting the authority of the opposition Syrian National Coalition.