As-Safir: Syrian regime bombarded by many questions, say comprehensive package is lacking to end the war
An excerpt from today’s Daily Briefing, translated by our Mideastwire.com (for a free trial, email firstname.lastname@example.org):
On August 10, the independent, leftist As-Safir daily newspaper carried the following report: “Damascus wants an offer. The offer that the Syrians had wanted to get before sitting around the negotiations’ table hasn’t come yet. The prominent Syrian official who is following up on the diplomatic initiatives and who is part of the decision making circles is not convinced of the offers that were made to the Syrians during the meetings since the failure of the Geneva 2 conference and up until this day as he believes that these are mere partial solutions.
“The Syrian official said that the delegates, negotiators and all parties involved in the political process are dealing with this matter “in retail.” The Syrian official is complaining about the breaking down of the offers and thus the solution: “We are being asked for our opinion regarding separate headlines rather than an integral basket.” From the international envoy, Staffan de Mistura, to the different initiatives including the friendly ones, partial questions are being addressed to the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian officials, but no integral offer has been made yet.
“The prominent official said that Al-Assad was asked about his position regarding the amendment of the constitution, his opinion regarding the interim phase and that he remains in his post until the completion of all reforms, his right to run again, his say on the early elections under international monitoring and many other headlines. However, no integral offer was made to Damascus… The prominent official said that we are ready and open to discuss any solution but only if we are approached with an integral basket provided that this basket is offered under the umbrella of a clear Russian-American agreement. The Syrian official added that the wagon of the solution will not set off without the Russian-American godfather and it cannot progress without the ratification of the Vienna nuclear agreement…”