Friday, September 27, 2013

Blog 3: The United Nations moves forward with eliminating Syria's chemical weapons

Summary:  The United Nations Security Council is set to vote Friday evening on a draft resolution of the plan to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons program.  The vote comes after the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Executive Council's decision to adopt the plan.  The decision and vote have come just in time as the United Nations Human Rights Council strengthened pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to allow further access to the Syrian people in the form of humanitarian aid and to allow war crimes investigators to continue their search.  Syria has denied access to its people for the past two years as the investigators have tried to ensure that those responsible for human right crimes are properly punished.  The Commission of Inquiry also aims to support agencies that are delivering aid to more than six million people.

Analysis:  Steps towards the plan to eliminate Syria's vast arsenal of chemical weapons continue to move in a positive direction.  Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been cooperative in recent weeks as investigations have begun, but he still seems resistant towards aid brought to his people in the wake of the recent chemical weapons attacks.  It seemed suspicious that in the wake of the attacks, Assad was so willing to give up the locations of his chemical weapons program, but it seems that his resistance to humanitarian aid is more in line with what is expected from the dictator who has killed ten of thousands of his own citizens.

Eva Holland
September 27, 2013

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