"The Short and the Long View: Documentation for Accountability" - The SJAC Weekly Update

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The SJAC Weekly Update- October 2, 2013

"The Short and Long View: Documentation for Accountability"
Recent days have seen a flurry of activities that have the potential to drive forward accountability in Syria. The UN Security Council passed Resolution 2118 requiring the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons program, and there is renewed interest in the possibility for a Geneva II. But the efforts currently underway are unlikely to meet many Syrians’ hopes of accountability anytime soon, an unfortunate reality that underscores the importance of documentation in light of continuing urgent violations. On September 27, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 2118, mandating the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons. An advance UN team is already in Damascus discussing with Syrian officials how they can carry out the destruction of the weapons. Their mission is supported, at least in word, by Syrian President al-Assad, who spoke about the Chemical Weapons Convention in an interview with Italy’s RAI News 24 TV, "Of course we have to comply. This is our history to comply with every treaty we sign.” Importantly, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed the resolution’s passage as “the first hopeful news on Syria in a long time”, but said, even amid that important step, “we must never forget that the catalogue of horrors in Syria continues with bombs and tanks, grenades and guns”. He said the plan to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons was “not a license to kill with conventional weapons.” (Image source: CSPAN)

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