Marina Castellaneta

Security Council, Chemical Weapons and Syrian Crisis: Lights and Shades

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Keywords: Security Council; Syria; Chemical Weapons; Internal Conflict; Civil Population; Legal Basis

Resolution no. 2118, adopted by the Security Council of the United Nations on 27 September 2013, marks an important step not only in the Syrian conflict, but also in the context of the fight against the use of chemical weapons against the civilian population. The resolution, adopted at the end of a paralysis of the Security Council, allows the United Nations to regain a central position in the crisis at least for the safety and disposal of chemical weapons, to be implemented by mid-2014. At the same time, the resolution shows some shadows because it was not adopted under Chapter VII of the Charter and points out gaps because it makes no reference to the establishment of individual criminal responsibility of the perpetrators of crimes against the civilians.

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