Negotiations in Astana are a timid ray of hope to stop the Syrian conflict

by John Leslie

A new format of negotiations to be held in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana on January 23 is set to take into account the interests of all actors of the Syrian conflict.
At the same time, we should understand that it is impossible to save Syria in the way it was. The system is to be changed. Nevertheless, now it is difficult to say which of the negotiating sides can get more benefits. It can be seen by the results of the meeting. However, Syrian people are to win at any case. They are tired of poverty, misery and deaths. It is time to say stop and make real moves to save people’s lives.
Negotiations in Astana is a first step to regulate military actions and to put an end to the clash between Syrian troops and Syrian opposition. Bashar Assad told he is open for any dialog with opposition that represents the interests of Syria and Syrian people, but not Saudi Arabia, France and Britain.
On January 8, the Syrian government announced the readiness to negotiate at the proposed Astana peace talks and there are no limits for negotiations. A huge step for the future.
At the same time, the High Negotiations Committee said on January 14 it would extend its support to an anti-government military delegation attending the talks.
Nevertheless, the latest round of talks could provide a less contentious atmosphere for getting down to brass tacks. Past talks in Geneva have been hampered by objections from all sides that talks were biased in favor of the other.
Yet in spite of some difficulties in preparation of such meetings, there is potential for progress in Astana. However, solid peace in Syria is not going to be resolved just in one round of talks. It is one-step in a sequence towards peace. At the same time, if they succeed, both sides could continue using this platform for future negotiations to resolve the Syrian conflict.


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Jan 19, 2017 1:42 PM

“…The system is to be changed…”
As a result of what? Foreign invasion and now faux intervention forces a path of negotiation, hardly a ray of hope.

Jan 18, 2017 12:28 PM

Reblogged this on EU: Ramshackle Empire.

Jan 17, 2017 8:27 PM

American knee jerk reaction to a Peace Process to which they are not yet invited – quick, drop more weapons!

Jan 17, 2017 7:55 PM

The best way to stop the killing is for the US to cease supporting and supplying the terrorist insurgents in Syria. That is the best way and in conjunction with that, the Syria people should have a monitored election to choose just exactly who will govern them.

Jan 18, 2017 7:45 AM
Reply to  archie1954

@ Archie they did have an election UN monitored 2014 circa 70 percent turn out. The lines in Beirut during the time stated that the line outside there Syrian consulate was circa a mile long. Thousand of citizens of Syria at the time were flying in all over from the west to participate in the Beirut consular polling booth. Results were circa 54 percent voted for DR ASSAD.
Docis in Fondum last but not least if these cabalist ( western world washington consensus pax-americana) I could add another adjective but hell I hope u get the idea) if they stop their crime against this Sykes _Picot nation which transcends all things west and has such a rich history alone.