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Syria's weapons inspections begin next week

  • The first international inspectors will assess Syria's chemical weapons starting Tuesday. The Security Council demands that Assad's weapons be destroyed and the move is part of this resolution.

    AP referred to it as being a "landmark decision" and John Kerry called it strong and enforceable.

    Russia has insisted on no military action in case Syria fails to comply. Instead, the council would have to look for another resolution to spell out the penalties.

    Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain said the resolution was another "triumph of hope over reality" since it doesn't even contain "immediate enforcement mechanisms". However, BBC notes that it at least ends a 2-year long deadlock at the United Nations regarding Syria. 

    Inspectors from the OPCW hope to oversee the destruction of the weapons by the middle of 2014. 

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