Syrian War

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Middle East: Bana Alabed, Aleppo’s tweeting girl, meets Turkey’s President Erdogan

The world lost their innocence, but not ther kindness. The seven year old Bana Alabed which tweeted in Syrian rebel-city of Aleppo has a surprise. She was met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his presidential palace in Ancara.

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Conclusion: The world needs love than war

Syria: Russia says keeping Assad ‘not crucial’

Syrian conflict has another chapter today. Russia says it is not crucial for Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad to stay in power, saying it is up to the Syrian people to decide, the Russian foreign ministry has said.

When asked if saving the Syrian leader was a matter of principle for Russia, spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said: “Absolutely not, we never said that.”

“We are not saying that Assad should leave or stay,” she added.

Russia has backed Syrian government againts rebels

Ms Zakharova said on the Ekho Moskvy radio station that whether Mr Assad stayed or stepped down was not critical for Russia, but that it was up to the Syrian people to decide his fate.

She told the Tass news agency that this did not represent a change in Russia’s position.

Conclusion: Russia and its problems in Syria

Syria: Saudis say Iran must accept Assad exit

The cold war between Saudi Arabia and Iran has another chapter today. In interview UK broadcaster BBC, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has said Iran must accept the removal of President Bashar al-Assad as part of any solution to the conflict in Syria. Jubeir told the BBC that there was “no doubt” Mr Assad had to go. “He will go either through a political process or he will be removed by force,” he said. It’s a first time Iran taken place on Syria talks. Conclusion: Saudi Arabia and his concerns with Iran.

Syria: FSA rebels sceptical of Russia offer

In Interview to UK BBC Network, Syrian rebels are very sceptical of Russia offer to help them in fight against ISIS. The spokesman for the Southern Front of the Free Syrian Army said it would not immediately turn down the offer of air support, but expressed scepticism.

“If the Russians are serious in their offer they should stop immediately targeting our bases and targeting the civilian areas,” Issam al-Reis told the BBC.

“So we didn’t turn down the offer. We just said we don’t need their help now.”

Maj Reis added: “You know the Russians – always their words are different from their actions.”

Conclusion: Even rebels don’t trust in Russia.

Syria crisis: Assad says government needs one year to destroy weapons

In interview for US News channel Fox News. Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad said he is committed to a plan to destroy his country’s chemical weapons but warned it could take about a year. So, Assad denies the claims that his forces are responsible for chemical attack on 21st August.

Referring of destroying their stockpiles of chemical weapons, Assad said it was “a very complicated operation, technically”. ”And it needs a lot of money, some estimates (say) about a billion.

“So it depends, you have to ask the experts what they mean by quickly. It has a certain schedule. It needs a year, or maybe a little bit more.”

And when asked whether he would be willing to hand over chemical to the US, President Assad said: “It needs about one billion. It is very detrimental to the environment. If the American administration is ready to pay this money and take the responsibility of bringing toxic materials to the United States, why don’t they do it?”

Well, It’s a price of the peace on Syria.

Syria crisis: US and Russia reaches a deal over chemical weapons

After 3 days of intense meetings between US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov. Both foreign ministers reach a deal over Syrian chemical weapons. It previews all chemical weapons under control of Syrian government must be destroy by United Nations (UN) until first half of 2014. If Syria fails to comply, the deal could be enforced a UN resolution backed by sanctions or military force.

In a joint news conference,  Kerry called on the Assad government to live up to its public commitments.”There can be no room for games, or anything less than full compliance by the Assad regime,” he said. Kerry and Lavrov said if Syria failed to comply, then a UN resolution would be sought under Chapter VII of the UN charter, which allows for the use of force.

US believes Syrian government has 1.000 of chemical agents in 45 sites for all the country. Russia not agreed in number of sites nor that they are under control.

The US-Russia agreement has six points:

  1. The amount and type of chemical weapons must be agreed and “rapidly” placed under international control
  2. Syria must submit within one week a comprehensive listing of its stockpiles
  3. Extraordinary procedures under the Chemical Weapons Convention will allow “expeditious destruction”
  4. Syria must give inspectors “immediate, unfettered access” to all sites
  5. All chemical weapons must be destroyed, including the possibility of removing weapons from Syrian territory
  6. UN will provide logistical support, and compliance would be enforced under Chapter VII

White House describes the deal as “an important concrete step” towards putting Syria’s chemical weapons under international control. However, it warned that “if diplomacy fails, the United States remains prepared to act”.

Another US allies such as UK and France has welcomed the deal. French foreign minister  Laurent Fabius said it was an “important advance”. UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said in a statement: “The onus is now on the Assad regime to comply with this agreement in full. The international community, including Russia, must hold the regime to account.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he pledged “the support of the United Nations in its implementation”. However, the military leader of the anti-Assad Free Syrian Army rejected the deal and promised to continue fighting. “There is nothing in this agreement that concerns us,” said Gen Salim Idriss, describing it as a Russian initiative designed to gain time for the Syrian government.

US Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham said it would give President al-Assad months to “delay and deceive”. “It requires a wilful suspension of disbelief to see this agreement as anything other than the start of a diplomatic blind alley,” they said in a statement.

 Conclusion: The world was relief to avoid the war, but despair to face another genocide without reaction by it.