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Le Temps - Switzerland | Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Chemical weapons agreement won't bring peace

The agreement on the destruction of the Syrian chemical weapons will not guarantee peace, the liberal daily Le Temps writes: "The 'neutralisation' of chemical weapons remains, irrespective of the Geneva Protocol and whether the destruction is agreed to by the Security Council, just as complicated and perhaps just as unrealisable as it seemed at the outset. Moreover: while global attention threatens to remain fixed for several weeks or more on how to eliminate the chemical weapons there is no indication that the other weapons - and even less so the criminal himself - will be subject to international pressure. ... On the contrary: there will be no progress in the destruction of chemical weapons without the help of President Bashar al-Assad. But no true peace, at least in the foreseeable future, can come about with him at the country's helm."

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