May 21, 2013

Stop the war

Destruction in Syria after more than two years of war/Islam.ru

Destruction in Syria after more than two years of war/Islam.ru

Now Syrian opposition groups have conducted talks in Madrid, Spain, to try to reach a common political ground ahead to the international conference of peace proposed by the US and Russia that will take place in Geneva in June organized by the UN. Al Assad already has appointed his representatives for that conference. The opposition representatives said in Madrid they will decide within two weeks.

Spain recognized the National Coalition as the legitimate representation of the Syrian People, and García Margallo said that the talks in Madrid are aimed  “to facilitate dialogue between the various movements in the Syrian opposition, thereby aiding its cohesion and its future capacity to ensure unity, stability and democracy in Syria.” The polemic in Spain is the negotiation of the political opposition groups with the fighting group Al Nusra, that according to some sources is formed  by salafist jihadists with a vision of an Islamic State and links with Al Qaeda. The Coalition representatives say some factions of Al Nusra are moderate enough to negotiate with them. Another problem for Spain and the western countries that recognized the National Coalition as the legitimate representation of the Syrian People is that if the situation on the ground changes and Al Assad finally wins and stays reinforced, they will have a big diplomatic problem.

All that are words and politics and the main need for the people now is to stop the war, but the situation on the ground is worsening day by day, with the offensive of the government forces backed by Hezbollah fighters in Qusayr near the Lebanon border, an exchange of fire between Syrians and Israelis in Golan among other fights.

They are talking about meetings and conferences but there is not a word about a cease-fire yet, only signs of an internationalization of the conflict with Israel already involved with his bombings near Damascus and the exchange of fire in Golan, and Lebanon in high risk after the latest fightings near and even across the border.

The more time spent without a cease-fire agreement, the more time will be available for both sides to intensify the fighting and take positions on the ground to pressure in the talks if they take place. Because to talk and fight at the same time is unrealistic.

About Olga Brajnović

Journalist. In my fifties. I've worked for 26 years in a newspaper in Spain. I worked for two years as a stringer and correspondent in the US, and went as a special envoy to other places like the Balkans. Sea lover. Avid reader. Classic Music enthusiast.

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