For the third time this month, a UN Security Council resolution on Syria’s disarmament has stalled for the exact same reason, that the US and its allies are again pushing for the resolution to include an authorization to use military force.
This keeps happening, with efforts to bury a war authorization in the disarmament deal blocked by Russia, and Western nations seemingly backing down before coming back with the same plan again.
President Obama even made the plan the centerpiece of his UN General Assembly speech today, and officials are indicating that Russia’s position hasn’t changed, so the plan is still seemingly far from completion.
In the meantime, Syria’s disarmament is going to have to continue without the UN Security Council having a resolution in place. Syria has already ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and delivered their accounting on the arms to the OPCW. Inspectors are scheduled to return Wednesday, suggesting the whole process might be able to go on just fine without the resolution.