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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Concluding document of the Vienna meeting on Syria is silent about Assad

In Vienna started the International meeting of the Syria support group (ISSG), the agenda of which concerns the preservation of the ceasefire regime in an Arab country and humanitarian issues. Reported about it in conversation with “MK” member of the Cairo opposition groups, the representative of the popular front for change and liberation of Syria, Qadri Jamil. Negotiations can become key to the peace process.

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“There is a point on the cease-fire, humanitarian aid, – said the “MK” Qadri Jamil, commenting on the content of the outcome document of the Vienna meeting of MGPS. – Also we are talking about a political settlement, the acceleration of the Geneva process”.

As said the interlocutor of “MK”, about the fate of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in this document is not mentioned. “It’s too early to talk about it”, – the oppositionist noted, adding that, perhaps soon, the UN special envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura will be invited to the talks ISSG Kurdish representatives.

Shortly before the meeting ISSG delegates of the Syrian opposition (“Moscow-Cairo”, a group of “Hamim”, as well as the Kurdish party “Democratic Union”) met with the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov. As reported on the website of the Russian foreign Ministry, Syrian opposition leaders proposed concrete steps to achieve a dialogue between the warring Arab country parties.

“These steps will create a bridge between all – said “MK” Qadri Jamil. – Let’s see if de Mistura will accept these suggestions, then go ahead.” Also, according to the opposition, at a meeting with Lavrov discussed the destructive role of Turkey in the Syrian conflict. “Ankara has a negative impact on the ceasefire and on the political process,” said Jamil.

As stated by the respondents “MK” expert, solutions, ISSG in Vienna can promote the Syrian settlement process forward. “The transition period, in the person of Assad, in fact, how to continue this process to take place, it may be understood, – said the “MK” leading researcher, Institute of Oriental studies Vladimir Sotnikov. But we should not fall into excessive optimism and expect superposing solutions. Much has already been done: in particular, extending the ceasefire, which is broken only by radical Islamist groups. It is a great achievement, which was achieved in quite a short time”.

The analyst noted that at the beginning of the Vienna meeting many players – both external and internal – a few have changed their positions regarding the Syrian issue, especially after the attack on Aleppo and breakthrough in Palmyra. “Of course, there are changes in the positions of major international players, – said the “MK” Vladimir Sotnikov, ” but I would like to note that now in Syria, radical Islamist groups – in particular, the so-called “Islamic state”, which is prohibited in Russia, moved to contentoutline. This can affect further the positions of the major players… If the offensive, which is now observed on the Syrian front, will be delayed, it could adversely affect the process of peaceful settlement in Syria.”

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