[Marxism] JOINT STATEMENT Final declaration on the results of the Syria Talks in Vienna as agreed by participants

Brian Slocock tettodoro at yahoo.co.uk
Sat Oct 31 12:34:02 MDT 2015

This statement has now been published by the European Union, so the text is 
confirmed. Obviously its full of very dangerous traps IF it were to move  
towards implementation. But there are so many gaps and unspecified 
variables that that is very far from certain. My guess is that this will 
fall apart and become yet another in the long line of failed Syrian peace 
schemes. The crucial question will be - *who *will be seen as responsibile 
for its collapse.Etilaf did a good job of pinning the responsibility for 
the failure of Geneva II on the regime (although they didn't get much 
credit for it) But this is a much messier situation, and the Syrian 
opposition forces (despite all the talk about "Syrians must decide" ) are 
being sidelined. If it comes down to a battle of diplomatic manouevres 
between the Obama administration and the Putin team, I wouldn't be betting 
on the former. Things I would watch out for here: 1. Russia pushing its 
line of wanting to redefine the opposition to include both the tame 
"licensed opposition" ( particularly their man Qadri Jamil), and the fuzzy 
oppositionists of the National Coordinating Body. Important thing here will 
be which way the Kurds jump  - Salih Muslim of the PYD may well be prepared 
to play ball, but the YPG may have other plans. 2. How (if at all) the next 
steps get fleshed out - there is talk of a "ceasefire" but no indication of 
what might be given to help secure that (e.g. release of detainees). No 
point getting too caught up in this speculationas the thing may be dead in 
the water before any of these things get on the agenda.
On Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 12:15:00 PM UTC, Clay Claiborne wrote:
> Breaking from Linux Beach:
> JOINT STATEMENT Final declaration on the results of the Syria Talks in 
> Vienna as agreed by participants 
> <http://claysbeach.blogspot.com/2015/10/joint-statement-final-declaration-on.html> 
> Linux Beach has obtained the following statement that is said to be the 
> basis of the Syria talks taking place in Vienna now. We are publishing it 
> here without comment so that we can make it widely available as quickly as 
> possible.
> *More...* 
> <http://claysbeach.blogspot.com/2015/10/joint-statement-final-declaration-on.html>

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