Members of an Assembly of a human rights organisation may
feel a bit frustrated: justice has not been done in Syria. In Resolution
2118, recently adopted by the United Nations Security Council, there
is no reference to war crimes or warfare laws, no reference to the
International Criminal Court, nobody is blamed for the 21 August
chemical attack and the text does not foresee automatic recourse
to measures under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter.
However, by agreeing on complex disarmament procedures and
strict regular reviews, United Nations Security Council member States
have finally assumed a long-term responsibility and they have probably
been more effective in renewing hopes for an end to the conflict
than any military strikes.
The success of the international community’s role, after two
and a half years of failures and missed opportunities, a hundred
thousand deaths and millions of refugees and displaced persons,
will not be so much the disarmament process itself but the very
end of the civil war.