[Marxism] Geneva II – Round 1 | Magpie68

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Feb 3 12:57:31 MST 2014

The first thing to note is that the main diplomatic objective of the 
Syrian regime – to shift the framework of the conference from discussing 
the need for political change in Syria to one focused on combatting 
“terrorism” – fell completely flat. This manoeuvre only received 
wholehearted support from one of the forty participants – the pro-regime 
Lebanese government. The Russians endorsed it but in a relatively 
lukewarm way, accompanied by a call for “efforts to improve the 
humanitarian situation in Syria…”. The rest of the delegations’ 
statements either blamed the Syrian regime for the country’s 
humanitarian disaster and emphasised the need for political change or 
took a neutral stance, highlighting the humanitarian crisis but not 
pointing the finger at either side and calling for a loosely defined 
“political solution”. This included China,and India although the latter 
made an explicit endorsement of the Geneva I call for “the formation of 
a transitional governing body.”

The second thing of note was the statement from John Kerry insisting 
that Asad could not be part of any transitional government, scotching 
the concern that the US was shifting towards an “Asad as the lesser 
evil” viewpoint. Of course, US strategy could shift over the longer term 
and behind the scenes, but for that to happen there would have to be 
some sign that the Asad regime was prepared to give enough ground to 
make a credible (or even incredible) political solution possible.

full: http://magpie68.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/geneva-ii-round-1/

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