In Syria, three years too late for many, the inexorable logic of compromise & stabilization with regime is growing
There was never any good option of excluding the murderous Assad regime from the Syria equation these last few years. Slowly but surely the contours of a dramatic lessening in the bloodshed are becoming apparent.. far far too late.
Translated from our Mideastwire.com (demo via firstname.lastname@example.org):
On December 4, the independent Az-Zaman newspaper carried the following report by its correspondent in Beirut: “Former head of the Syrian Coalition Moaz al-Khatib said he was willing to engage in talks with the regime to put an end to the bloody conflict, in which more than 200,000 people were killed as per the figures of the Syrian Human Rights Watch. Al-Khatib is an independent Syrian opposition figure, who had resigned from the Coalition’s command in protest against foreign interventions. For her part, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s advisor Butheina Shaaban, who was part of the official Syrian delegation that recently visited Moscow, said that the meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was very positive, adding that Russia has taken it upon itself to seriously seek a political solution through dialogue with the opposition, with the Syrian government’s consent.
“According to a source close to the official Syrian delegation, no timetable was set for the talks with the opposition, adding that the Russians wanted to know whether or not “we approved the idea and we told them we had no objections.” He added: “The Russians told us they had contacts and that if we approved the idea, preparations will be undertaken to stage dialogue in Moscow.” For his part, Al-Khatib said in statements over the phone: “To serve the interests of the Syrian people, we will sit together and seek the best way to rid the people of their pain and suffering.” Asked about the insistence on the request to see Al-Assad’s departure from power, he said: “How long must he stay? A month, three months, five months or six months? Once the situation is clear and once there is a clear vision to be relayed to the Syrian people, an arrangement will be made.”
“[He continued:] “This person will definitely leave, provided that his term ends in a specific way, which is something acceptable.” Among the prominent opposition figures expected to participate in this likely dialogue are former Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil who is living in Moscow and Haitham Manah who is living in Paris. Al-Khatib and Manah, along with other opposition figures, had held a meeting sponsored by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, in the context of an Egyptian initiative to solve the Syrian crisis. This was accompanied by leaks about an upcoming dialogue between oppositionists and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad…”