If the western and regional allies have not provided military, logistical and political support to the militant on the ground in Syria, we wouldn’t have had 100.000 deaths today
Dr. Marcus Papadopulous, Publisher and Editor of Politics First told in an interview to Voice of Russia on the eve of the peace talks on Syria in Geneva.
In the meantime, while the opposition demands that President Bashar al-Assad should resign, the official Damascus says there should be no preconditions. Dr. Papadopulous shared his expectations concerning the meeting.
As far as his expectations are concerned, Papadopulous said: “I think it is unlikely that there will be a breakthrough today. I think what we can expect to hear from Brahimi once the meetings are over is that despite differences between the parties involved in the meetings today, despite the challenges that oppose the peace conference, all parties are resolutely committed to a peaceful solution to Syria and to hold in a conference on Syria. I think the language of diplomacy is what will be used today. But I think the sad reality is that a peace conference should have been held in the early stages of the violence in Syria back in 2011.”
Papadopulous also expressed regret that it had taken over 100.000 lives for the officials to understand a peace conference was needed: “Brutal reality is that back in 2011 the West led by the US and its regional allies, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, saw an opportunity to remove a non-compliant governments in Syria, which follows an independent foreign policy. They certainly underestimated the resolve of the Syrian government, they certainly underestimated the resolve of the Syrian armed forces, and they certainly underestimated the support that the Syrian government has within Syria. So, that is why peace conference is only being held today or at the start of this year.”
Forecasting the outcome of the conference, Popandopulous stated: “From the very start, the Syrian government has said that it will go to the conference despite having set its own conditions, but it has made it clear it will go.”
At the same time, the foreign-based and foreign-backed Syrian National Coalition, along with the Free Syrian Army have made one demand after another, claiming they want everything on their own conditions, which is “completely unacceptable and that shows how naive they are about politics and about diplomacy, he added.
“You have to go to a peace conference with an open mind and to be prepared for compromise. These people that make up the FSA – no one in Syria has ever voted for them, no one in Syria has ever put their name down on a ballot paper and put it in the ballot box, they are completely foreign-based and they are completely foreign-backed. It is quite ironic that we hear them saying ‘we have to have peace in Syria’, it is quite ironic that we hear western politicians and regional politicians saying ‘we have to have peace in Syria’ when it is their actions which have brought about the bloodshed in Syria. If the western and regional allies have not provided military, logistical and political support to the militant on the ground in Syria, we wouldn’t have had a 100,000 deaths today,” Papadopulous concluded.
Report By The Voice of Russia