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Enforcing threat of force is extremely unlikely in the event of non-compliance says Al Jazeera’s Jonah Hull

Last modified: 14 Sep 2013 14:54

Al Jazeera’s Jonah Hull reporting from Geneva says both US and Russia have basically finished the idea of threat of force in layers upon layers of diplomatic language.

"Of course the threat of force hasn’t been taken away altogether. It remains in the context of UN Security Council resolution under chapter 7 provisions which both sides have agreed should be the way forward. What that means is all necessary measures can be taken to enforce the agreement including the threat of force.”

He said, “The diplomatic fencing comes in as both John Kerry and Sergey Lavrov, although Lavrov was more explicit on the point, admitted that there would be no automatic sanctions. So in the event of non-compliance there is no automatic threat of force. There may still be a threat of force but actually enforcing that threat of force is extremely unlikely in the event of non-compliance.”