Weekday News Wrap: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
- An inadvertent suggestion by John Kerry may have provided a solution to the international stalemate on Syria, as it led to a Russian proposal to bring chemical weapons under international control for destruction. The US is open but sceptical to the proposal, as are its allies. Syria’s foreign minister has welcomed the proposal, tacitly admitting in the process that the regime has chemical weapons.
- One year after its controversial purchase of the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands, a Japanese spokesperson said Japan may consider stationing government workers on the islands to defend its sovereignty.
- EU and Israeli representatives are in talks today over the implementation of the controversial EU settlement guidelines.
- Serbia has reached an agreement with Kosovo that allows the latter to apply for its own international dialling code.
- The new WTO Director-General, Roberto Azevêdo, gave his inaugural speech to the WTO’s General Council yesterday, in which he urged members to reach a deal at the Bali Ministerial in December. Video is here.