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    Re: Syrian Reconciliation Talks

    Post  Kysusha on Mon Nov 26, 2012 10:39 am

    Vladimir79 wrote:Do you see Assad putting down the rebellion? Over the past couple weeks the rebels have been kicking his arse.

    In 1941 the Whermarch was kicking the Red Army all the way back to Moscow. Did you see Stalin changing horses?? The deciding strategic battle of World War II was played out in November 1941 on the outskirts of Moscow! 6 million combatants faced each other and the Red Army won! From then on, the Whermarch were in retreat.

    My point?? I wouldn’t write-off Assad just yet on the basis of the FSA [Foreign Syrian Army] kicking arse last week.

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    Re: Syrian Reconciliation Talks

    Post  KomissarBojanchev on Mon Nov 26, 2012 3:38 pm

    Hey didnt the syrian army push the wahhabis out of Aleppo some time ago. If this is true this is one serious success for Assad and the syrians and bad for the saudi mercenary scum

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    Re: Syrian Reconciliation Talks

    Post  Kysusha on Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:38 pm

    KomissarBojanchev wrote:Hey didnt the syrian army push the wahhabis out of Aleppo some time ago. If this is true this is one serious success for Assad and the syrians and bad for the saudi mercenary scum

    The question is, “was Aleppo a strategic battle or a tactical victory?”

    My gut tells me it was a tactical success, but not a strategic movement – not the deciding factor in the struggle against the Foreign Syrian Army.

    Assad can phuck them all by fracturing his country along loyalty lines; withdraw his forces, concentrate them in the region of his populist support and arm the Kurds in the North East.

    Let the Kurds [support them] to attack Turkey the HTAO puppet, and bomb the crap out of what else that moves in the “uncontrolled areas. Let the rest of Syrian fall into unrest and the Foreign Syrian Army – just like Libya, it will take decades to come under sensible government. In that time, he can easily re-establish his strength, secure his base, project unrest into the region and re-take the area at a later time.

    By doing this, he torpedoes the Joo attempt at breaking down a strong Army on her borders; possibly, he actually strengthens his position and can do so by calling on “allies” such as Russia and Iran to help him.

    Rally your forces Assad, concentrate your fire-power, dig-in with your support and you defeat the Foreign Syrian Army, whose main weapon is exploiting divisional unrest.

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    Re: Syrian Reconciliation Talks

    Post  Werewolf on Tue Nov 27, 2012 12:54 am

    For those who support FSA (Free Self-justice Army) should know what they do and always try to blame the assad regime.

    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=c63_1353633490 Planting bombs in a mosque in aleppo and blaming assads regime for this. Al Jazeera, wich is now pro-western media reported that a MiG-29 has destroyed the mosque.

    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=2f8_1343764207 FSA killing civilians, in this video its Belli family, thrown out of window and screaming "That happens to all government supporters" also laughing



    Mercenaries wich are send from diffrent countries (Pro-West countries like Turkey,Israel,Qatar,Kuwait,Saudi Arabia and diffrent others) and sent into Lybia,Egypt and now Syria.Lebanon,Jordan and Iran will follow.

    FSA supplied by the West
    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-A7J4n-I-P6A/UJGFoy-YsAI/AAAAAAAAPm8/yK9XQ29pcSY/s1600/Steyr%2BAUG2.jpg
    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ovcEhLHJGgE/UJGFqEQ5CeI/AAAAAAAAPng/cJjbOQtbCI8/s1600/Steyr%2BAUG5.jpg
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ypDIvkTTRzg/UJGFoXUJilI/AAAAAAAAPmw/2Xt_8QTVSAo/s1600/Steyr%2BAUG1.jpg
    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-dYtn2BDzp-U/UJJpxzCjW9I/AAAAAAAAPo4/31r7KnPBaLk/s1600/Steyr%2BAUG6.jpg
    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oFYOVJJPSA4/UJJ0IxkTNSI/AAAAAAAAPpw/hHSfgq4pdbM/s1600/Steyr%2BAUG8.jpg
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-QBZYqNMPYq8/UJJpy7RO1vI/AAAAAAAAPpE/VSgiJ3-Bkfw/s1600/Steyr%2BAUG7.jpg



    FSA killing civilian

    And a mass execution of civilians



    FSA using NATO 120mm HE mortars and bombing Turkey to blame Assad Regime and we know what happened after that, Erdogan attacked Syrian bases and commited international crimes.
    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=9dd_1349359431

    Active support for FSA through France


    FSA member after looting and killing in a christian church
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3eWVav1n8So/UDpLP_z07eI/AAAAAAAAMdQ/Eem8aeZDjaI/s1600/HomesKirchensch%25C3%25A4ndung.jpg

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iogH78kXccU&feature=player_embedded (report from christian sister in Syria)

    I could do that the long day, there are to many sources and evidence of who is the evil in this "Revolution".

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    Re: Syrian Reconciliation Talks

    Post  Vladimir79 on Tue Nov 27, 2012 1:30 am

    What they get from NATO is a pat on the shoulder. CIA is keeping manpads out of Syria, rebels are getting Iglas from captured air defence stations. I have seen Rebels getting both decent and crappy small arms from abroad, but that has to do with their Arab connections.


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    Re: Syrian Reconciliation Talks

    Post  Werewolf on Tue Nov 27, 2012 12:48 pm

    Vladimir79 wrote:What they get from NATO is a pat on the shoulder. CIA is keeping manpads out of Syria, rebels are getting Iglas from captured air defence stations. I have seen Rebels getting both decent and crappy small arms from abroad, but that has to do with their Arab connections.

    Like the NATO keept MANPADS out of Lybia? It doesn't matter what they use american or russian or any other MANPADS. The point is US did this before and will keep doing it.Like they did in Vietnam or Lybia for example. They bought chinese produced AK's and RPGs aswell as copycats of russian Strela and Igla and leaded it into terrorists hands what media calls "rebells".

    Only that they don't use Stingers doesn't mean that US isn't involved in it.

    Sure this terrorists can have MANPADS from the captured military storages, but the MANPADS were seen in their hands just a few weeks after this so called Revolution appeared and at that time they hadn't captured any military complex or facilities.

    Its the same nonsense like the Iraq fraud about their WMD's and now about Iran. And the same case about Lybian "Revolution" against a soo bad leader and the same people who trusted in this lies in the past are still believing this lies today.

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    Re: Syrian Reconciliation Talks

    Post  lulldapull on Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:12 am

    Valdimir, as long as Iran is there, Syria will be under Iranian control.

    the Saudi's and Qatari's can continue to send hordes of terrorists to kill people, but Iran will make sure they get defeated.

    Same strategy Iran employs in Iraq!

    The tide is turning now. The U.S. realizes after a long time that it is Iran which brings stability to these countries where the U.S. blundered in and got it's ass handed to it. The U.S. needs Iran to get out of the ME. And the CSG/ shale revolution in the U.S. has made it largely energy independent. Hence the cold shoulder to the Saudi's these days.

    Global politics are changing fast.

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    Re: Syrian Reconciliation Talks

    Post  George1 on Tue Jul 21, 2015 10:56 am

    Damascus Ready to Continue Dialogue With Peaceful Opposition

    It is important to have dialogue with peaceful opposition to bring together the efforts by Syrian to bring the military conflict in the country to an end, Syrian Prime Minister Wael Nader Halqi reaffirmed.

    DAMASCUS (Sputnik) – The Syrian government is ready to continue dialogue with the peaceful opposition for the sake of uniting efforts in the struggle against terrorism and other threats, Syrian Prime Minister Wael Nader Halqi told Sputnik.

    "We believe there are no problems in dialogue with the political opposition, which is peaceful and popular, if this dialogue is aimed at bringing together the efforts by Syrians in the struggle against threats to our government, with terrorism being at the top [of such threats,]" Halqi said.

    Halqi said that "any political solution concerns the Syrian people, and no foreign party has the right to interfere in it, thus the national interests of the Syrian people should be the basis of any peace agreements."

    Syria has been engulfed in civil war since March 2011. Damascus has been engaged in battles on multiple fronts, against the so-called moderate opposition and numerous extremist insurgent groups, including Islamic State.

    In early May, UN-backed consultations between parties to the Syrian crisis took place in Geneva, Switzerland, and were followed by a meeting between the majority of representatives of the Syrian opposition later in May in the Kazakh capital, Astana.

    The hostilities in Syria have killed over 220,000 people, according to UN estimates, and displaced over 11 million, making it the globe's most dire humanitarian crisis.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20150721/1024865118.html#ixzz3gVwaTikI


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    Re: Syrian Reconciliation Talks

    Post  George1 on Thu Aug 13, 2015 11:28 pm

    Lavrov and Kerry discuss how to prepare Syrian opposition for dialogue with Damascus[/b]

    Haitham Mana'a, a representative of the Syrian opposition and a member of the Cairo II committee is expected to present a peace settlement roadmap to Lavrov tomorrow

    Syria's opposition coalition insists on Bashar al-Assad’s resignation at talks in Russia


    MOSCOW, August 13 /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday discussed how to prepare Syrian opposition for negotiations with the Syrian government in a telephone conversation, held at Kerry’s request.

    "The sides discussed how to end the internal crisis in Syria, including a possibility of bringing representatives of the Syrian opposition to one broad common negotiating table to prepare them for a dialogue with the Syrian government under the UN supervision with an aim to agree on ways of implementing the Geneva communique adopted on June 30, 2012," the ministry went on to say.

    Syrian opposition to present roadmap for peace settlement at meeting with Lavrov

    Haitham Mana'a, a representative of the Syrian opposition and a member of the Cairo II committee is expected to present a peace settlement roadmap at a meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov on Friday.

    The case in hand is a peace plan that the opponents of President Bashar al-Assad's administration adopted in Cairo on June 9. They also adopted then a National Charter for Syria, which they believe will lay the groundwork for a provisional constitution in the future.

    The National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces boycotted the Cairo conference.

    The 'committee' that was formed in Cairo hopes to rally Moscow's support for the roadmap, Mana'a told TASS. If the roadmap gets endorsement at a high level at the UN right now and the international community gives attention to the document, this will facilitate convocation of the Geneva-3 conference.

    To make Geneva-3 possible, a well-specified plan of action is needed and it should include the setting up of specialized groups to monitor the situation in Syria, Mana'a said.

    He indicated it is highly desirable that these groups consist of experts, not politicians, and their job will be to analyze the situation and take decisions on how to counteract violence and terror, on the one hand, and how to put an end to the state institutes, which he claims cannot serve the Syrian people or remain part of political settlement anymore.

    Mana'a believes a very suitable moment has come to give concrete contours to political settlement in Syria.


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    Re: Syrian Reconciliation Talks

    Post  KoTeMoRe on Fri Aug 14, 2015 9:24 am

    Vladimir79 wrote:What they get from NATO is a pat on the shoulder. CIA is keeping manpads out of Syria, rebels are getting Iglas from captured air defence stations. I have seen Rebels getting both decent and crappy small arms from abroad, but that has to do with their Arab connections.

    It's a bit of necroposting here, but there's more to that. The Rebels getting or now Manpads "had" a lot more to do with accountability rather than "retenue". The US wasn't holding back at all. There were enough traces of Turkish supplies of all types since 2011. There were also 'NATO' supplies that got through, especially whole Croatian shipments, that once spotted were RT evidence on WHO was allowing what. Then the Whole FN-6 saga kicked in, then the TOW saga.

    However, a MANPAD can travel. And sending Stingers (even at the end of their shelf lives) just like it happened with the TOW's, can be traced back to the supplier. Just imagine a Ahrar Sham sourced Stinger brings down an Civilian airliner in Turkey? The fvck you think it would happen.

    You don't see MANPADS to that level, because there's no trust to the mongoloids who're waging this civil war and raising the stakes. To everyone else that thinks that Assad is worse than the supposed "Arab Spring", get your hand out of the sand and look at Libya. Assad is an asshole, but you could trust him with a lot of things you can't trust the guys fighting him with. These people aren't going to change anything to the Syrian Equation. The same way Libyan Revolutionaries haven't been able to recreate a State.

    Part of that befalls on Assad's legacy and his dad, but the current trend of non-sense and outright destruction, is typical of a destructive scenario. We've seen this in Lebanon. We've seen this in Iraq and we've seen this in Libya. The pattern of alienation is clear enough. It has little to do with Justice and Democracy. It has a lot more to do with a worldview that has no place in the XXIst century. You can fight for rights, cash, power and what not. But the divide in Syria is purely artificial. There's no insurgency of that level, with those means. The people mock the NAF, but we're speaking about a conflict that in 4 and a half years has seen tremendous loss of life. Ukraine a country of ~40 million sees 6 to 10 thousand dead as a huge blow. We're speaking about 60 thousand dead per year. For a country of 20 million people. Add to that all the other deaths due to war but not combat, from the State Breakdown. Yet there seems to be an unending flow of people that come to get shot in the face. This can't only be local, and we all know that. But somehow no one gets moved by that. Where do you think these people are going to go when one side or the other wins. Even worse, what happens when Syria becomes completely Libanized (some would say Karma).

    This kind of shit makes me mad, because that is what one should think about if he is in Washington, the folks you form and train, aren't going to like being sidelined once the war dies down.

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    Re: Syrian Reconciliation Talks

    Post  George1 on Wed Aug 19, 2015 3:57 am

    Moscow and Tehran implementing joint plan on settling Syrian crisis

    MOSCOW, August 18. /TASS/. Long-term prospects of cooperation not only in the trade and energy sphere, but also in the settlement of the Syrian conflict and other crises in the Middle East are emerging between Moscow and Tehran, experts polled by TASS said following Monday’s talks between the foreign ministers of Russia and Iran Sergey Lavrov and Javad Zarif in Moscow.

    Javad Zarif’s visit demonstrates that Russia plays the key role in the implementation of this plan. In particular, the Russian side is tasked with transporting low-enriched uranium from Iran. Apart from that, Russia, which pioneered Iranian nuclear sphere starting with a nuclear power plant in Bushehr, will construct eight more power units in the country. At the meeting in Moscow, the sides confirmed common approaches to the Syrian problem - the Syrian people should decide whether President Bashar Assad should stay or go. Iran, along with other countries in the Middle and Near East, is interested in implementing Russia’s proposal on creating a coalition with regional players to fight the Islamic State terrorist organization.

    "Javad Zarif prepared a plan on peaceful settlement of the Syrian crisis consisting of several points. He held negotiations with Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, as the country heads the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, with representatives of Oman. Saudi Arabia, which just recently raised a question of ousting Syrian President Bashar Assad by military means, listens to Tehran’s position. One cannot say that there is consensus there, but positive shifts are obvious," leading research fellow of the Institute of Oriental Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences Boris Dolgov told TASS.

    "Tehran’s role in the Middle East has considerably grown since the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s nuclear program was signed in Vienna. At July’s conference ‘Role of the media in countering terrorism’ in Damascus, the Iranian delegation was met with reverence, and its speeches set the tone for discussions. Let us not forget that Tehran finances Syria’s special services to fight IS terrorist organization," Dolgov said.

    At the same time, Boris Dolgov said he doubts the Joint Action Plan on Iranian nuclear program will be implemented fast. "US Congress has not yet approved the deal. It has to make a decision by September 17. Barack Obama is an outgoing president, while presidential candidates view the agreement negatively. Even if it is approved, the step-by-step plan of its implementation will take 10 years, and sanctions against Iran may be reinstated under any pretext. I will also remind that Iran’s Mejlis has not approved the agreement as well," the expert said.

    President of the Institute for the Middle East Yevgeny Satanovsky says close cooperation between Russia and Iran in the settlement of the Syrian crisis can be explained by the fact that Tehran is really fighting with IS. "Unlike Middle Eastern countries that only talk about IS threat or support this group by destroying Kurds who are fighting against it, Iran provides substantial financial, economic and oil support to Syrian government forces to resist militants. Without Iranian support, Syria would have already been wiped out from the global map," Satanovsky told TASS.

    "Signing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s nuclear program opens great prospects in front of Tehran. Iran has always been a reliable trade and economic partner. The sanctions that were imposed on it destroyed hundreds of lucrative contracts, and many countries are waiting for them [contracts] to be restore," the expert noted. "Russia unblocked many acute angles between Washington and Tehran at talks on Iranian nuclear program. Now it is all up to the Iranian side and how consistently they will implement the agreement," he concluded.


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    Re: Syrian Reconciliation Talks

    Post  George1 on Wed Aug 26, 2015 2:28 am

    Syria supports Russian efforts to organize intra-Syrian dialogue - Assad

    "We feel a great confidence in Russians, they have proven for many decades that they are sincere friends," Assad said

    BEIRUT, August 26. /TASS/. Damascus supports Russia’s efforts to organize intra-Syrian dialogue and believes it conducts "a policy based on firm principles", Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview with Lebanese TV station Al Manar.

    "We feel a great confidence in Russians, they have proven for many decades that they are sincere friends," Assad said. "Russia does not support this or that figure or president, it has clear principles. It speaks in support of the state sovereignty and respects the people’s decision."

    He said Damascus "approves and encourages Russia’s efforts to arrange dialogue with the opposition." "Russians do not impose anything on us. An agreement may only emerge when we Syrians ourselves sit down to the negotiating table with one another," the president said.

    He did not rule out that intra-Syrian meetings currently taking place in Moscow will lead to a conference to be entitled "Geneva-3", which could be successful.

    "All depends on the international atmosphere," Assad said.

    According to UN statistics, fighting between Syrian government troops and militants has killed more than 200,000 people and displaced millions since its start in 2011.

    An international peace conference on Syria, dubbed Geneva-2, organized by Russia and the United States and designed to negotiate a solution to the Syrian crisis, held in January and February 2014, brought no particular progress.


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    Re: Syrian Reconciliation Talks

    Post  George1 on Mon Aug 31, 2015 10:48 pm

    Syrian Gov’t, Opposition, Civil Society to Form Reconciliation Groups

    Each group will comprise the representatives of Syria's government, opposition and civil society, according to one of the opposition leaders.


    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Each working group dedicated to conflict resolution in Syria will consist in equal numbers of representatives of the government, the opposition and civil society, one of the Syrian opposition leaders, Qadri Jamil, told Sputnik Monday.

    Four working groups are set to begin their work in September and conclude it by the UN Security Council-assigned deadline of November 15, Jamil said earlier on Monday.

    "Each group will consist of 20-30 people. A third [of each group] will represent the current regime, a third — the opposition and a third – civil society," Jamil said.

    The working groups are set to consider military, humanitarian and political issues in Syria, as well as future state-building. According to Jamil, each of the groups will address one of these issues.

    Syria has been in a state of civil war since 2011, with government forces fighting anti-government rebels and radical Islamists, including the Islamic State jihadist group and the Nusra Front. Over 250,000 people have been killed since the beginning of the conflict, according to UN estimates.

    In July, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced that four working groups on Syrian reconciliation would commence work in September.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20150831/1026396130.html#ixzz3kQa8otSi


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    Re: Syrian Reconciliation Talks

    Post  George1 on Fri Sep 18, 2015 12:56 am

    Russian Foreign Minister Urges for Cooperation on Syrian Issue

    Lavrov: Russia, Turkey Interested in UN-Brokered Dialogue in Syria


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    Re: Syrian Reconciliation Talks

    Post  George1 on Mon Sep 21, 2015 4:56 pm

    Syrian opposition goes to Moscow to discuss preparations for Geneva-3 conference

    The secretary general of the National Democratic Action Committee and participants from other opposition groups will meet with Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov on Tuesday

    MOSCOW, September 21. /TASS/. A delegation of internal Syrian opposition will discuss at the Russian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday preparations for the Geneva-3 conference on Syria, a source close to consultations told TASS on Monday.

    The secretary general of the National Democratic Action Committee, Mahmoud Marai, as well as participants from other opposition groups will meet with Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov "to discuss preparations for the Geneva-3 conference and the current developments in Syria," the source said.

    The UN has hosted two major international conferences on Syria since 2011. The Geneva Communique was adopted on June 30, 2012 at a conference of an "action group" on Syria in Geneva. That conference is now commonly referred to as "Geneva-1".

    Its logical continuation, an international peace conference on Syria, dubbed Geneva-2, organized by Russia and the United States, kicked off on January 22, 2014 in Montreux, Switzerland. The conference sought to negotiate a solution to the Syrian crisis. No particular progress was reported after two rounds were held in January and February 2014. The parties to the Syrian conflict agreed to continue their discussions.

    Fighting between Syrian government troops and rebels has left tens of thousands of people dead and displaced millions since its start in 2011, according to UN statistics.


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    Re: Syrian Reconciliation Talks

    Post  George1 on Mon Oct 26, 2015 11:23 pm

    Moscow Confirms Free Syrian Army Envoys Visited Russia

    Moscow has confirmed that Free Syrian Army (FSA) envoys had visited Russia, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said Monday.

    Answering a question on whether envoys of the Free Syrian Army visited Russia last week, Bogdanov said "yes, different people were here."

    Earlier, Bogdanov said that Russia was ready to invite RSA representatives for talks in Moscow.

    On Sunday, members of the Free Syrian Army sent a proposal to Russia on holding talks in Cairo on cooperation in the Syrian conflict settlement.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry has repeatedly stated that it was ready to cooperate with the FSA and asked the United States and the United Kingdom for assistance in establishing contacts with the group to better coordinate efforts in the fight against Islamic State in Syria.

    The FSA is an armed Syrian opposition faction, considered "moderate opposition" by Western countries, fighting the regular Syrian army currently remaining loyal to President Bashar Assad since the beginning of a four-year civil war.

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    Re: Syrian Reconciliation Talks

    Post  George1 on Wed Oct 28, 2015 3:14 pm

    Around 10 foreign ministers expected to take part in Vienna meeting on Syria on October 30

    Earlier Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov proposed to broaden the group on settling the Syrian crisis

    MOSCOW, October 28. /TASS/. Around 10 foreign ministers are expected to take part in the Vienna meeting on Syria on October 30, a diplomatic source told TASS on Wednesday.

    The foreign ministers of Russia, US, Saudi Arabia and Turkey will hold a meeting on Thursday evening, and will be joined by other participants on October 30.

    Earlier today Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry confirmed that they will take part in the Vienna meeting, along with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. German Foreign Ministry said Frank-Walter Steinmeier will also take part in the meeting on October 30. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius will also be present.

    According to the diplomatic source, the foreign ministers of Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan and UK may also attend the meeting.

    Lavrov proposed to broaden the group on settling the Syrian crisis on October 23 in Vienna. "I think that around a dozen countries and structures will be appropriate," Lavrov said.


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    Re: Syrian Reconciliation Talks

    Post  George1 on Thu Nov 05, 2015 11:57 am

    Free Syrian Army to Meet Russian Defense, Foreign Ministries Next Week

    Representatives of the Free Syrian Army have agreed to meet representatives of the Russian Defense and Foreign Ministries in Abu Dhabi at the end of next week.

    Russia Favors Free Syrian Army's Participation in Reconciliation Talks
    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Representatives of the Free Syrian Army have agreed to meet representatives of the Russian Defense and Foreign ministries in Abu Dhabi at the end of next week, one of the coordinators of the event told Sputnik.

    "A preliminary agreement was reached of a meeting of 28 brigades of the FSA in the suburbs of Damascus, Qunaitra, Hama and the western suburb of Homs, as well as the northern front from the suburbs of Aleppo and Idlib with the representatives of the Russian Foreign Ministry and the Russian Defense Ministry most likely in Abu Dhabi at the end of the coming week," Mahmoud Afandi, who is also the secretary of the Popular Diplomacy Movement, said.

    During the meeting, the issues of intensifying the work of a joint operative center will be discussed, he added.

    "The main topic of the meeting will be intensifying the joint operative center, which was agreed on in Moscow, directed at fighting IS [Islamic State] and the Nusra Front, as well as the search for a political solution after IS is defeated," Afandi said.

    According to Afandi, the issues of the Russian side promising protection to the FSA from the Syrian Army will be discussed also, "as reconciling the FSA and the army in the foreseeable future seems unlikely."

    Syria has been mired in a civil war since 2011, with the government forces fighting a number of opposition groups and radicals from organizations like the Islamic State (ISIL) and the Nusra Front.

    Since the start of the war, the United States and its allies have supported what they refer to as the "moderate" Syrian opposition, in its fight against troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

    Russia, which launched its own air operation against ISIL positions in Syria in late September upon Assad's request, has been seeking contacts with the so-called moderate opposition to combine their efforts against Islamists.

    According to Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, Moscow is holding talks on a daily basis with "almost the whole spectrum" of the Syrian opposition factions as part of a reconciliation process in the country.

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    Re: Syrian Reconciliation Talks

    Post  George1 on Thu Jan 14, 2016 2:15 pm

    Damascus determined to participate in intra-Syrian talks - Gatilov

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    Syrian Opposition Rep. Doubts Intra-Syrian Talks to Begin January 25


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    Re: Syrian Reconciliation Talks

    Post  George1 on Tue Jan 26, 2016 1:16 am

    The Obama administration just 'made a scary retreat' in its Syria policy — and negotiations are quickly unraveling

    In a meeting with members of Syria's opposition in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, US Secretary of State John Kerry demanded that rebels accept a set of preconditions dictated by Russia and Iran in order to participate in peace talks, according to an explosive report by the daily pan-Arab newspaper Al Hayat.

    The terms Kerry reportedly asked the opposition Saudi-backed High Negotiation Committee (HNC) to accept — including a "national unity government" instead of a transitional governing body that would phase President Bashar al-Assad out of power — represent "a scary retreat in the US position," opposition sources told the head of Al Hayat's Damascus bureau, Ibrahim Hamidi.


    According to translations provided by multiple Middle East analysts on Twitter, Kerry told the opposition delegation that, based on an "understanding" he had reached with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Assad has the right to run for re-election and there will be no set timetable for his departure.

    That stands in contrast to the White House's previous position that while Assad does not have to go immediately, the timing of his departure should be addressed during negotiations.

    Kerry also signaled the Obama administration's endorsement of a four-point peace plan for Syria created by Iran, a staunch ally of Assad. The plan calls for an immediate ceasefire, the establishment of a national unity government, the anchoring of minority rights in the constitution, and internationally supervised presidential elections in Syria.

    United Nations (U.N.) Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura attends a meeting on Syria with representatives of the five permanent members of the Security Council (P5) at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, January 13, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse Thomson ReutersU.N. Special Envoy for Syria Mistura attends a meeting on Syria with representatives of the five permanent members of the Security Council at the UN in Geneva

    UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura pushed for the national ceasefire on Monday, saying in a press conference from Geneva that "the condition is it should be a real ceasefire and not just local."

    The ceasefire would apply to all warring parties but the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra. As Al Hayat has noted, that implicitly would grant legitimacy and "an official status" to the Shiite militias Iran has built in Syria to support Assad.

    Including minority rights in the constitution, meanwhile, would serve as an attempt to "anchor sectarian tensions" between Sunni and Shiite Muslims within a legal framework.

    These demands are "a desperate move" by the US to make the negotiations "look like progress," tweeted Hassan Hassan, co-author of "ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror" and resident fellow at the DC-based think tank Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy.

    "De Mistura also echoed Russia's demands. Short-sighted of the US to think this will go well," he added.

    So far, it is not going anywhere: members of the HNC reportedly rejected Kerry's demands and have threatened to boycott the negotiations altogether. They reiterated that they will not attend the talks until the government halts air strikes and ends its sieges of rebel-held territory, in accordance with United Nations (UN) resolution 2254 adopted last month by the UN Security Council.

    The terms of that resolution have failed to materialize, but Kerry apparently pressured the opposition into attending the talks anyway. Rebel sources told Al Hayat that Kerry went one step further and threatened to cut off US aid to rebel groups if they failed to show up at the negotiating table.

    On Monday, Kerry reiterated that preconditions are a nonstarter for negotiations. But he categorically denied that he had threatened to cut off aid to the rebel groups.

    "The position of the United States is and hasn't changed. We are still supporting the opposition, politically, financially and militarily," he said, according to the Associated Press. "We completely empowered them. I don't know where this is coming from."

    He noted, however, that "it's up to the Syrians to decide what happens to Assad," effectively echoing Russian officials.

    Nawaf Obaid, an Al Hayat columnist and visiting fellow at Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, further noted the meeting's most significant and "shocking" points in a series of tweets on Sunday:

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    Re: Syrian Reconciliation Talks

    Post  George1 on Sat Jan 30, 2016 1:25 pm

    Russia supports Syrian Kurds’ participation in the intra-Syrian talks — diplomat

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    Re: Syrian Reconciliation Talks

    Post  George1 on Wed Feb 03, 2016 11:54 pm

    Syrian Gov't Blames Opposition, Turks, Saudis for Suspension of Peace Talks

    The Syrian government delegation blamed Wednesday the opposition representatives Wednesday, the Turkish and the Saudis as the talks on the Syrian reconciliation have been suspended.

    GENEVA (Sputnik) – Earlier in the day, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said he was putting the talks in Geneva on hold as there was more work to be done.

    "Those who have the responsibility for this failure are the Saudis and Turks and oppositioners," Bashar Jaafari, the head of the government delegation, told reporters.

    Jaafari stressed that the government was not to blame.

    Syria has been in a state of civil war since 2011, with the army loyal to President Bashar Assad fighting several opposition factions and militant organizations, including the Islamic State group, banned in Russia and a number of other countries.

    Last week, the highly-anticipated talks on Syrian reconciliation mediated by the United Nations began in Geneva in line with the December UN Security Council's resolution on Syrian settlement, that ruled to bring the entire spectrum of political groups in the crisis-torn country to the negotiating table.

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    Re: Syrian Reconciliation Talks

    Post  George1 on Fri Mar 11, 2016 2:57 pm

    Lavrov calls on US to influence Turkey on issue of including Kurds in inter-Syrian talks

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    Re: Syrian Reconciliation Talks

    Post  George1 on Tue Mar 22, 2016 8:40 am

    Expert: Kurds’ exclusion from inter-Syrian talks to complicate Mideast situation

    It is important to use joint efforts to achieve Kurds’ participation in the negotiation process or look for other ways of settling the Kurdish problem, Vyacheslav Trubnikov says

    MOSCOW, March 21. /TASS/. The attempts to isolate Kurds from the inter-Syrian peace talks in Geneva will worsen the situation in the Middle East, a Russian expert told TASS on Monday.

    "The attempts to exclude, isolate Kurds from the negotiating process are complicating the situation in Syria, Turkey and the entire Middle East," said Vyacheslav Trubnikov, vice-president of the Russian Council for International Affairs and member of the Directorate of the Institute of the World Economy and International Relations at the Russian Academy of Sciences.

    The attempts, which Syrian Kurds are taking for federalization, "are not stipulated in any way either by the Constitution or the government in Damascus," the expert said.

    "No doubt, this may lead to a split in the ranks of those forces, which are today standing against the Islamic State [terrorist organization banned in Russia]," he added.

    "This only plays into the hands of terrorists," the expert said.

    "In this situation, it is important to use joint efforts to achieve Kurds’ participation in the negotiation process or look for other ways of settling the Kurdish problem. Kurds’ federalization or the creation of even autonomous Kurdistan in one way or another will affect all the states," Trubnikov said.

    "Mideast parceling is a powder keg that will necessarily explode and involve all Syria’s neighbors," the expert said.


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    Re: Syrian Reconciliation Talks

    Post  George1 on Tue Apr 12, 2016 12:50 pm

    Russian official says Assad is against Syria's federalization

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