Syria Daily: Geneva Political Talks Disappear From Sight

Head of Assad regime delegation, Bashar al-Ja'afari, speaks to reporters in Geneva, July 11, 2017

The seventh round of Geneva talks on Syria’s conflict all but disappeared from sight on Tuesday, leaving uncertainty as to whether any progress can be made towards resolution of key issues.

The discussions were renewed on Monday, against the background of the first declared US-Russia ceasefire agreement, covering southwest Syria. UN envoy Staffan de Mistura met the head of the Assad regime’s delegation, UN Ambassador Bashar al-Ja’afari, for 2 1/2 hours on Tuesday morning.

Ja’afari did issue a statement focusing on “counter-terrorism”, often used by the regime as a term to cover all opposition to Bashar al-Assad: “What we were warning against, about terrorism becoming a global phenomenon that will affect everyone including its sponsors, has become a reality now.”

He also said legal and technical experts from the regime met de Mistura’s team to discuss a 12-principle paper on the basis and goals of the political process.

But de Mistura made no statement. His only comments, in an interview published by Russia’s RIA on Tuesday, were that Syrian Kurdish groups should be involved in the drafting of a new Constitution.

And the Syrian opposition, which has been distancing itself from talks both in Geneva and the Kazakh capital Astana, offered no remarks yesterday.

The opposition has said that progress must be made on an end to pro-Assad bombing and sieges and the release of political detainees before the drafting of the new Constitution, arrangements for elections, and a political transition can proceed.

However, Bashar al-Assad has dismissed any talk of a transition which would lead to his departure from power, and the regime has continued to deny access by aid convoys to besieged areas.

Amid the proclamation of the US-Russia “de-escalation zone” in the southwest, pro-Assad forces have attacked in the southeast in eastern Suweida Province. There are also reports of a large redeployment of Iranian-supported foreign militias and regime units from the southwestern zone to pursue offensives in other areas.

See Syria Daily: Pro-Assad Forces Break US-Russia Ceasefire, Then Attack in Southeast

Russia hailed the resumption of the talks on Monday with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov emphasizing “constitutional reform and the fight against terrorism”. But Moscow made no comment on Tuesday about any progress.

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.


  1. So, 8 months after her acclaimed Coronation collapsed like a WTC [i.e. faster than free-fall speed] The Psycho-HoseBeest‘s filthy scheme for backdoor regíme-change in Syria is finally dead, at the cost of a mere few hundred thousand wasted Syrians, and, in the words of an infamous warcriminal predecessor, “I think this is a very hard choice, but the price, we think the price is worth it” because for warcriminal Yanki Imperialist goons, a carefree dabbling in the blood of other Nations is always worth it.
    Why-oh-why is this cruel Witch still not in prison, mein Trümpenführer?

    • “Place and date of martyrdom”

      Lol, commies have even expropriated the religious terminology but there´s no transcendence in their ungodly materialist creed (that´s why Apo substitutes God) so the “R.I.P” turns into a blasphemous assertion.

      • There are no people more dastardly than commies. They will appropriate anything and any means will be employed, as long as they reach their goal which is personal power, which they sell as “good for the masses”. Everything else is a facade and populism, and everyone is expendable as cannon fodder. I may even be able to tolerate ISIS and Assad and Xâmene’i. But I can never tolerate commies. Liberals should wake up and come to the realization that a good commie is only a dead commie.

  2. #Deraa: “Rebels in Dael to impose retaliatory tariffs at regime crossing point in northern Deraa” – JohnArterbury
    Capture, as well as accurately shell, more areas of the Deraa-Damascus highway and rebels could easily turn this into a form of economic warfare.
    #Damascus: Those who are wondering how hellish urban warfare is becoming for the average Assadist in east Ghouta should watch this Russian news documentary –

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