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Local Expert: Syria must be monitored
Updated: Tuesday, September 10 2013, 10:03 PM EDT
ALBANY -- There are still two big questions unanswered following Syria's verbal commitment to hand over chemical weapons, said a UAlbany Rockefeller Institute official on Security and Emergency Preparedness.
According to Rick Mathews, Director of the National Center for Security and Preparedness, it will be up to the United Nations to make sure Syria follows through on their word to hand over chemical weapons to Russia. Mathews says the question of will they do that and the question of will the US still get involved in Syria still need to be answered.
Mathews says in the meantime Syria taking the step to admit they have weapons, and vowing to turn them over, could mean no conflict or war. The decision "seems to be a logical outcome", Mathews said.
"Absolutely the best outcome," Mathews said. "Anytime we don't have to do anything with our military it is a good outcome.'
Mathews believes the US will stay out of Syria, in the near future, while continuing to monitor the situation on stand by.
"As Reagan said 'trust but verify'," Mathews said.
If Syria follows through on their word and allows the UN in to inspect and collect its chemical weapons it will be a lengthy process, according to Mathews.
"This won't happen over just a couple of days, it will be a while to make sure they are not still around, they have been destroyed and no one has their hands on any parts of those (weapons)," Mathews said.