World powers bicker over punishing Syria

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

The US-Russia deal forcing Syria to turn over its chemical weapons to international control is just the beginning of a long journey to solve the conflict. A recent UN report on the chemical attack led the US, UK, and France to claim it proved President Bashar al-Assad’s guilt. However, Russia is firmly against using force of any kind on Syria’s government, and even the UN is being neutral as far as whether the rebels or government were responsible. UN Security Council members met behind closed doors on Tuesday to discuss Syria, and a UN diplomat called the meeting “constructive.” Discussions will likely continue on Wednesday, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon put the current situation into perspective. “Let us be clear: the use of chemical weapons in Syria is only the tip of the iceberg,” he said. “The suffering in Syria must end.” Ki-moon described the chemical attack as “the most significant confirmed use of chemical weapons against civilians since Saddam Hussein used them in Halabja in 1988″ and ” the worst use of weapons of mass destruction in the 21st century.” He agrees that the international community “has a responsibility to ensure that chemical weapons never re-emerge as an instrument of warfare.”

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