Syrian Minister: Civil War Reached Stalemate – Ceasefire Possible?

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Jobar. Photo by A. Filatov / ANNA News
Jobar. Photo by A. Filatov / ANNA News

Syria’s Deputy Prime Minister: No side strong enough to win the civil war.

The Deputy Prime Minister of Syria, Qadri Jamil, said in this week that no side in the Syrian conflict would be strong enough to win the Syrian conflict and to end the civil war in the Arab country. Syria’s Deputy Prime Minister added that the Syrian governance of President Bashar al-Assad will call for a ceasefire in case that the planned Geneva II conference and peace talks will really take place.

Qadri Jamil, the Deputy Prime Minister of Syria, told the newspaper “The Guardian” in a statement on Wednesday that no side involved in the Syrian conflict on ground in the Arab country is strong enough of defeating the other side(s) and to win the war.

Jamil also stated that “neither the armed opposition nor the regime is capable of defeating the other side.” The Deputy Prime Minister of Syria also added that this “zero balance of forces” on ground in Syria will not “change for a while” and has thus, reached a stalemate.

The Syrian Minister also said that the economy of Syria has already lost an estimated $100bn during the conflict and war in the Arab country, while the lost $100bn are the equivalent of two years of normal production in Syria.

Qadri Jamil then explained that in case if the armed opposition forces fighting in Syria will accept the ceasefire, such a situation has then to be monitored “under international observation” and suggested that such a supervision could be provided by a UN peacekeeping mission- as long as the UN peacekeepers would come from friendly or at least neutral countries.

The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his American counterpart, John Kerry, who has recently lied towards congressmen in the United States about the alleged “absence of Al Qaeda in the Syrian conflict”, will meet again at the end of this month to further discuss the planned international peace conference on Syria in Geneva (Geneva II). There are still some differences in the views of Russia and the United States about the proposed international peace conference on the Syrian conflict that shall help to find a political solution to the conflict and crisis in the Arab country.

The main differences remain between Washington and Moscow over who should participate in the Geneva II-conference. Washington has no real interest that Iran participates in the proposed Geneva-2 conference, while Russia says that Tehran is a key country of the Middle East and has thus to participate because a conference on Syria without the participation of the Islamic Republic of Iran would not be balanced. Further, the U.S. administration wants the supported “Syrian National Coalition” (SNC) to drop its boycott of the proposed Geneva-2 conference on Syria and that this Western-backed opposition outside Syria should be the only opposition that takes part in the peace talks on Syria in Geneva.

Jobar. Photo by A. Filatov / ANNA News
Jobar. Photo by A. Filatov / ANNA News

Russia has meanwhile even proposed that a delegation of Kurds should also participate at the proposed Geneva-2 talks on Syria and this seems valid under consideration of the Syrian Kurds and the situation near the Syrian-Turkish borders, including the battles between the Kurds and the Al-Qaeda-affiliated jihadists in this region.

Syria’s Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil said in terms of the meddling by foreign governments in the situation in Syria that these outside powers have to stop “trying to influence the outcome of events in Syria.” Jamil added that the Syrian governance in Damascus aims to end an external intervention, a ceasefire, and also the beginning of a peaceful political process “in a way that the Syrian people can enjoy self-determination without outside intervention and in a democratic way.”

Qadri Jamil also stated in his recent statements regarding the conflict and war in his country that the government of Syria “wanted to give a lesson to both sides to prepare for a government of national unity and break the unilateral aspect of the regime – and break the fear in opposition circles of sitting in front of the regime” and further explained:

“For all practical purposes the regime in its previous form has ended. In order to realize our progressive reforms we need the West and all those who are involved in Syria to get off our shoulders.”

The Deputy Prime Minister of Syria also said that he thinks the recently published UN report on the use of chemical weapons in Syria and especially about the chemical attack in suburbs of Syria’s capital Damascus on August 21 was not fully objective and is for example missing the evidence, which was provided by Russia, that the chemical weapons could have been sold to the foreign-backed terrorists in Syria by fundamentalists from Libya.

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