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Financial Times - United Kingdom | Sunday, September 15, 2013

Chemical weapons agreement strengthens Assad

The agreement on the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons won't help stop the civil war, the conservative daily The Financial Times writes: "While this is a positive development, it is right to be sceptical of success. ... A danger is that this agreement may ultimately entrench Mr Assad's position inside Syria. The risk for the US is that it might appear to be saying that dealing with Syria's chemical weapons is of paramount importance - and that while there is progress on that front, Mr Assad can go on butchering his people. The US and Russia must therefore intensify calls for a political settlement of the civil war."

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