The domestic Syrian opposition may be invited to the Geneva II conference after all. Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, said that he had the impression that all of Russia’s partners, including the USA, understand the importance of the Syrian domestic opposition joining the dialog about the crisis in Syria.
The Syrian news agency SANA quotes Lavrov as saying that Russia will seek to broaden the scope of participants in the dialog about Syria. Also the website of the Russian TV channel Russia Today (RT), quotes the Russian Foreign Minister as saying:
“In parallel to the inauguration of the conference, we seek to broaden the circle of participants in the dialog in order to reach agreements indeed, and to make these agreements supported by all segments of the Syrian communities”.
Lavrov added, that Russia counts on the efforts exerted by the UN representatives as mediators of the dialog, such as UN Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, and their ability to make use of their diplomatic skills to help the two sides reach a state of understanding.
Last week, the joint United Nations and Arab League Special Envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, caused a scandal that attracted international attention, when he “dispatched an assistant” to the largest coalition of Syrian opposition parties and groups, the National Coordination Committee (NCC), to inform them that they were not invited to the table in Geneva and that “it had been decided” that the opposition would be represented by the NCROF.
Homs, National Dialog Sub-Committee Meeting
Syria has a vibrant domestic political opposition which rejects a foreign intervention in Syria, and which has been cooperating among each other as well as with the governing Baath Party that also undergoes internal reforms, and the government, for the better part of three years, in a broad and constructive national dialog.
That national dialog has, in fact, made such progress, that all parties already have agreed on a comprehensive reform program, which is consistent with the Geneva accords from 2012. The program has been subsequently been adopted by the Syrian parliament and it has been ratified by Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad. The only obstacle for its implementation was, and continues to be, the support of mercenaries under Al-Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood banners by core NATO member states, Israel, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.
The opposition, which has been described in more detail in Part I of the article “The Dynamics of the Crisis in Syria – Conflict versus Conflict Resolution”, by Christof Lehmann, consists of
- the Kurdish National Council (KNC),
- the National Coordination Committee (NCC), which is a broad popular coalition of Pan-Arabists, Nationalists, Kurdish Parties and Organizations, Syrian Socialists, Internationalist Socialists, Marxist Organizations, Peace Movements, Human Rights Organizations, Religious NGOs and other organizations,
- the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SNP), which is represented in the current administration,
- and the People’s Will Party (PWP).
The inclusion of the domestic opposition, which has participated in an almost three year long national dialog would, according to analysts including Christof Lehmann, be a considerable step towards beginning to solve the crisis, and would put into perspective, the glaring disparities between Syrian patriotic opposition groups and an opposition that has been constructed by foreign actors since 2007.
Ch/L – nsnbc 22.01.2014
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nsnbc’s note: The article “The Dynamics of the Crisis in Syria. Conflict versus Conflict Resolution”, parts 1 – 6 are warmly recommended reading for anyone who wants to study the genesis of the crisis in Syria since the discovery of the world’s largest known gas reserves in the Persian Gulf in 2007, and its domestic and international evolution until late 2012.
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