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Washington still prepared to attack Syria if the Russia-US agreement won`t work.

A White House official said in advance of the meeting of the UN Security Council (UNSC) on Friday that Washington has not ruled out a military attack against Syria if the Syrian government in Damascus does not abide by the US-Russia deal to hand over all its chemical weapons arsenal. The meeting of the UN Security Council (UNSC) was about the enforcing of the disarmament program for Syria’s chemical weapons and how to proceed with the control and destruction of the chemical weapons stockpiles in Syria.

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The deputy national security adviser of the White House in Washington, Ben Rhodes, told the media that the U.S. administration has not forsaken the military option against Syria and that the United States and its allies will take military action against Damascus in the case if the Syrian government does not comply with the US-Russia deal about its chemical weapons arsenal.

Although Russia and the United States have agreed on the Russian initiative to put the chemical weapons in Syria under an international supervision and to destroy these chemical arms later, it is expected and easily foreseeable that Moscow and Washington will clash in the negotiations at the meeting of the UN General Assembly over a new resolution on Syria in terms of the chemical weapons and the Russian proposal by the UN Security Council (UNSC) in the next week.

The resolution of the UNSC (UN Security Council) would enforce the compliance by the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad with the agreement of the United States and Russia on its chemical weapons stockpiles.

Washington still wants a reference in the UNSC resolution on the Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which would allow the use of (military) force against Syria in order “to restore international peace” again. Russia rejects the use of military force against Damascus and therefore also rejects a reference to the Chapter 7 of the UN Charter in the upcoming resolution on Syria by the UN Security Council. It is to assume that China also rejects a reference to the Chapter 7 of the UN Charter in the upcoming resolution on Syria by the UNSC.

According to the statements by the US State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf from friday, the five key members of the UN Security Council met on Friday to discuss this resolution on the chemical weapons of Syria and Washington hopes that the resolution on Syria will be up for a vote at the UNSC in the next week.

While the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has recently said that the threat of using military force against Syria would not be acceptable in such a resolution and this stance is simply in line with the consistent rejection of any military intervention in Syria by foreign forces, the Obama administration in Washington still tries everything to include a reference to the Chapter 7 of the UN Charter in the upcoming resolution, so that it may be allowed to use military force against Syria if the government of President Bashar al-Assad fails to adhere to the US-Russian agreement to put the chemical weapons stockpiles in Syria under an international supervision for an eventual destruction.

Jobar. Photo by A. Filatov / ANNA News
Jobar. Photo by A. Filatov / ANNA News

The debates about the UNSC resolution on Syria’s chemical weapons between Russia and the United States are certainly interesting. Further, the Chinese government has the same stance in terms of such a reference to the Chapter 7 of the UN Charter like Moscow. Therefore, it is to assume that the final resolution on Syria’s chemical weapons will probably not include such a reference.

However, it is already known that U.S. President Barack Obama, who will soon face a lawsuit for crimes against humanity by Bolivia, will argue in his speech at the meeting of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday that the West must preserve the options of “consequences” if the Syrian government of President al-Assad should “fail to cooperate with the international community.” According to the statements by Rhodes, the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad must be faced with “consequences” (military consequences) if they should fail to comply with the “international community.” However, the international community is the usual phrase to imply that many countries would be behind such a statement.

At least, the Syrian government has already provided a detailed list of its chemical weapons program to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and is thus following the demanded steps of the Russian-American deal on its chemical weapons arsenal. However, it is to expect that details of Syria’s chemical arms program will soon leak to the public. Everything else would be a surprise.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW),based in The Hague, will meet tomorrow in order to discuss about the list of the chemical weapons program from Syria and the further steps to implement an international control, an investigation of stockpiles and how to destroy Syria’s chemical arms later. Of course, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will also talk about the joining of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) by the Syrian government.

As mentioned, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has already received an initial disclosure from the Syrian governance in Damascus of its chemical weapons program. According to the statements by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague, the detailed list of the chemical arms program of Syria is currently examined by its Technical Secretariat.

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