Carter proposes free elections, peacekeepers for Syria

brahimi carter in cairoFormer US president Jimmy Carter on Monday proposed three principles as a basis for Syria peace talks in Geneva: free elections, respect for their results and the deployment of peacekeepers.

Syria peace talks are set to begin in Switzerland on January 22, though the full list of participants is still unclear.

The talks have gone nowhere up to now because each belligerent “has been allowed to define the preconditions for negotiations,” Carter, who won the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize, wrote in an opinion piece in the Washington Post.

While President Bashar al-Assad considers his opponents terrorists and will not talk until they lay down their arms, the fractured opposition is demanding a full regime change, giving Assad no incentive to bargain.

“No one can win this war,” argued Carter in an article co-written with American University professor Robert Pastor.

“It is clear that the parties think they cannot afford to lose because they fear annihilation and this explains why the war will keep going unless the international community imposes a legitimate alternative.”

UN envoys Kofi Annan and Lakhdar Brahimi “have not been permitted to use their negotiating skills because the principal actors insist on preconditions of victory rather than mutual accommodation essential to bringing the war to an end,” argued the authors.

“These preconditions aim to win an unwinnable war rather than to forge an imperfect peace.”

Carter and Pastor propose basing the Geneva talks on letting the Syrian people decide on their future government in a free election closely monitored by international observers; an assurance that the victors will respect sectarian and minority groups; and the deployment of “a robust peacekeeping force” to make sure those goals are achieved.

Russia and the United States would need to agree to this approach, Iran “and other regional powers” would have to stop supporting their proxies, and the United Nations would have to make peace in Syria “a top priority.”

Unless these “difficult steps” are taken, Carter and Pastor warned, “the war may very well go on for another decade and likely create a wider circle of destruction and death.”

Carter was US president from 1977 to 1981, and his Atlanta-based Carter Center focuses on human rights and democracy around the world. Pastor, who served on the National Security Council under Carter, is the senior Carter Center conflict resolution advisor.

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Here is the complete text of Jimmy Carter’s article in the washington Post

Photo : UN , Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi  ( R) is shown with former US president Jimmy Carter in Cairo

  • Peaceforleb

    Finally, someone with a realistic approach for a chance at real peace in Syria. However the terrorist will never agree. They know very well that if an election is held and closely monitored by international observers, Assad would win hands down. And this whole fake revolution would have been a waste of time. Unfortunately, you can not negotiate with terrorist. They only know death and destruction.

    • The real lebanese

      Its not a fake revolution if Assad started it. Were the protesters all foreign?

      • Peaceforleb

        Which ones Real, the millions all over the country who showed support for Assad and his Government. Which happen on more than one occasion. Or the few thousands who just thought it would be a good idea to jump on the bandwagon. It seems most only remember the few who are against Assad and so conveniently forget the ones who support him.

        • The real lebanese

          Do you honestly think most Syrians supported Assad?

          • hezzies are terrorists

            He will tell you he “calls family and friends” in Syria and they somehow know the truth but no one else does

          • The real lebanese

            He’s not SaifAddwala.

          • hezzies are terrorists

            Lol he said that quote I used after asking him for proof of a ludicrous statement he made. He said he “calls family and friends” in Syria and that’s how he knows that 40000 alawites were killed by Muslims.

          • Hind Abyad

            Why don’t you go live in Syria and count them?
            The little children in Ghouta were kidnapped from Allawite families in Latakieh
            10 days before they died..still no one knows where they are buried. How do i know that? Their families and some 16 Allawites villages were deciminated..International HRW visited these places they called it War crimes.
            The 40000 number is plausable, there are also huge numbers of Christians massacred.. by your beloved Rats Afgans Talibans happy wahabi beheaders, canibals and other cockroaches from Russia..

          • hezzies are terrorists

            The only happy terrorists and murderers are the shites and alawites u so brazenly defend. Your bigotry seems to know no limits. Interesting how u never criticise your beloved terrorists Iran, asshead, hezzies and the Iraqi shite terrorists. Biased much. Btw did u “call family and friends” for the information regarding ghouta? I’m guessing its the same “family and friends” another terrorist sympathiser on this blog calls. History will not be kind to you lot.

          • Hind Abyad

            You’re a fanatic Jihadist yourself like those Allahuakbar up there..i guess already with blood on your hands.. Same hatred and phobia as World Zionist Movement and their plans soon to be: Ex-Midlle-East.. probably work for them you now, the same discourse?
            I didn’t “call family & friends” you said it! Fanatics and extremists have low IQ)
            says Scientific research. If you were a bit intelligent for God’s sake, you should have known the Children came from Latakieh Allawites famillies, the liste of missing childdren is long it was taken by HRW, as i mentioned elsewhere, they also withnessed entire villages massacred, and called it “rivers of blood.. and many, many..are still missing!!

          • hezzies are terrorists

            Lmfao lol I’m a jihadist? And your an idiot. Why don’t u mention what hrw has said about asshead. Biased much!

          • Hind Abyad

            Or a Jihadi or asshead idiot. Biased much!

          • Peaceforleb

            Hi Hind, first I would like to wish you and your family a Merrry Christmas and happy new year. Secondly I would suggest you don’t attempt to converse with people who have nothing but hate in their heart. You see after reading this fools comments you will understand how deep the brainwashing actually is. This terrorist lover hates anybody who is not a salifi low life terrorist. Something his Sheikh has more than likely drilled into his thick head. Animals will always be animals.

          • Hind Abyad

            Merry Christmas and a happier New year to you..
            I have pity on the poor people in Jihadi hands, Christians, Allawites, Shia, Kurds, many Sunnis were killed trying to save their Christian neighbors in Adra. News in Midlle East tittled the massacre “Slaughtered like sheeps”.. orgies of beheadings,
            they killed people by cooking them in bread ovens..it was sensored in the West.
            May i ask you, why such terrible news were also sencured in YaLibnan?

          • hezzies are terrorists

            Your “family and friends” must be the same animals as the other terrorist on this blog

          • Hind Abyad

            Coconut head, i never spoke about “Familia and amigos” please learn how to read, hedzusless

          • Peaceforleb

            Hind, you need to go to an animal shelter and get yourself a donkey so it can assist you in understanding what this fool is trying to say. But then again it won’t work because you need to be able to understand the jahash language. Sorry Hind, your on your with this one. Lol

          • Peaceforleb

            Hind, thats a very good question, a question I’ve been asking for a while now. I’ve been on this blog for almost 2 years and unfortunately almost every news article is always against Hezbollah, Assad, Iran,Russia or any one of their allies. They are very good at painting a picture that shows how bad the above mentioned are. I tell you what though, I definitely give them a 10 out 10 for consistency.

          • The real lebanese

            M8 supporters always complain about that at every Lebanese news website I go to thats not run in Lebanon. Its not that their biased, its just that M8 is two-sided. It acts like its for the people when it actually isn’t.

          • Peaceforleb

            So now your going to tell me that this Website is not biased. And real, I could care less for m8 or any other political party in Lebanon. All political parties are in it for themselves. It’s the way it’s been since the beginning of time.

          • The real lebanese

            You can’t claim to be for no political party but back HA’s involvement in Syria. If they really wanted to keep extremists out, they would guard the borders, not leave them unguarded and venture into Syria. Just saying.

          • Hind Abyad

            Cherry picking news (i think) seams unethical.

          • Peaceforleb

            Hind the reality is that most deaths in Syria thus far are Christians and Alawites.

          • The real lebanese

            Definitely not. The Alawites have for the most part been safe. And most Christians had left the country before the fight reached their town. Sunnis, who make up 85% of the country, have reasonably had much more dead.

          • Hind Abyad

            “Definitly not”..!!! From wich authority. I can’t believe you’re seriously posting
            this farce here..treating people as Hmar…donkeys..stupidissimos…

          • The real lebanese

            Calm down. The only person Im treating as a donkey is you.

          • Hind Abyad

            You calm down Malmequer lover fake Lebanese fraternizing with the Zionist stalker.. “Wow you know her?”…Calling me “Hey Man”. Donkey is better than
            you retard.

          • hezzies are terrorists

            U replied to the Wong person. Ur comment must surely have been to that majoosi rafidhi terrorist stupidityforleb

          • Peaceforleb

            Real, although many Sunni’s have died in this war, the majority are definitely Christians and Alawites. I mean think about it. The ones these terrorist are going after are the ones who more to lose and who are stanch supporters of Assad. And they are the Christians and Alawites.

          • The real lebanese

            The majority of people dying in the war are from regime airstrikes. Look it up.

            And Merry Christmas.

          • Hind Abyad

            Each day Christians die..I will never forget the article i read in Sept. 2011
            Patriarch Al Rai was invited to Paris at the Élisée Palace, told by Sarkozy
            “prepare your people for an Exodus to Europe Western Powers will invade
            the Midlle East in November”. It all started in 2011.

          • Peaceforleb

            Real are you serious, do you forget the protests in support of him when this thing first started. The millions that hit the streets. Who the hell were they, the Christians and Alawites only. You forget when the Russian minister Ladarov visited Syria the millions that again hit the streets and followed his motorcade from the airport to the presidential palace thanking Russia for the first veto they raised. Who do you think they were, Russians. The funny thing about it is Yalibnan and the like didn’t report it. I wonder why, hey. If the majority of the people didn’t support him, he would have fallen long ago. And btw, could you please put a leash on your dog. :))))

          • The real lebanese

            Syria has way more than a million people. Why do you think Assad open fired in a crowd of protesters? They were much bigger than the rallies for him.

          • Peaceforleb

            Real, I said millions, not million. Your starting to sound like this other fool on the blog which is reading and understanding what suits you only.

          • The real lebanese

            But you’re missing the point. Assad open fired on Syrians. It wasn’t a big group of Salafi extremists. And they continued to protest and continued to be massacred, so they finally took up arms. It took like a week for them to finally have the courage to take up arms against the army. Remember? If more people supported Assad than democracy, then why did he make a big deal about some silly demonstration?

          • Hind Abyad

            He didn’t, while the young were peacfully gathered in front of government buildings, the Nato CIA M16 Saudis were throwing fire bombs ligthing up goverment buildings in their backs..it was on videos, some young protesters fled, same as in Libya, the young protesters were killed.. to give way to the real thing.

          • The real lebanese

            BAHAHAHAHAHA

            OK You keep thinking that. And please share a link. Idk if you recall, but the regime was the only one doing the shooting for the first week.

          • Hind Abyad

            I don’t create this by thinking BAHAHA……!

          • hezzies are terrorists

            Glad you admit u don’t think BAHAHA!!!!

      • Hind Abyad

        Robert Ford was US Ambassador in Syria..(that says it all), everywhere he goes, the country is destroyed, and sectarianism is instaled..those unarmed Syrian youths would
        not have been protesting ordinary demands..have they lived to see what happened to Syria today. They were used same as in Libya, the yound “Arab Springers strategy”
        Then big boy proxie NATO mercenaries takes over.

        Hilarious, the US put’s Robert Ford in Irak, it’s destroyed, then puts him in Syria, it’s destroyed, now in Egypt, but this morning Egypt rejected US pick,,,no thank you.

  • Peaceforleb

    Finally, someone with a realistic approach for a chance at real peace in Syria. However the terrorist will never agree. They know very well that if an election is held and closely monitored by international observers, Assad would win hands down. And this whole fake revolution would have been a waste of time. Unfortunately, you can not negotiate with terrorist. They only know death and destruction.

    • The real lebanese

      Its not a fake revolution if Assad started it. Were the protesters all foreign?

      • Peaceforleb

        Which ones Real, the millions all over the country who showed support for Assad and his Government. Which happen on more than one occasion. Or the few thousands who just thought it would be a good idea to jump on the bandwagon. It seems most only remember the few who are against Assad and so conveniently forget the ones who support him.

        • The real lebanese

          Do you honestly think most Syrians supported Assad?

          • hezzies are terrorists

            He will tell you he “calls family and friends” in Syria and they somehow know the truth but no one else does

          • The real lebanese

            He’s not SaifAddwala.

          • hezzies are terrorists

            Lol he said that quote I used after asking him for proof of a ludicrous statement he made. He said he “calls family and friends” in Syria and that’s how he knows that 40000 alawites were killed by Muslims.

          • Hind Abyad

            Why don’t you go live in Syria and count them?
            The little children in Ghouta were kidnapped from Allawite families, in Latakieh
            10 days before they died..still no one knows where they are buried. How do i know that? Their families and some 16 Allawites villages were deciminated..International HRW visited these places they called it War crimes.
            The 40000 number is plausable, there are also huge numbers of Christians massacred.. by you beloved Rats Afgans Talibans happy wahabi beheaders, canibals and other cockroaches from Russia..

          • hezzies are terrorists

            The only happy terrorists and murderers are the shites and alawites u so brazenly defend. Your bigotry seems to know no limits. Interesting how u never criticise your beloved terrorists Iran, asshead, hezzies and the Iraqi shite terrorists. Biased much. Btw did u “call family and friends” for the information regarding ghouta? I’m guessing its the same “family and friends” another terrorist sympathiser on this blog calls. History will not be kind to you lot.

          • Hind Abyad

            You’re a fanatic Jihadist yourself like those Allahuakbar up there..i guess already with blood on your hands.. Same hatred and phobia as World Zionist Movement and their plans soon to be: Ex-Midlle-East.. probably work for them you now, the same discourse?
            I didn’t “call family & friends” you said it! Fanatics and extremists have low IQ) say Science research. If you were a bit intelligent for God’s sake, you should have known ,the Children came from Latakieh Allawites famillies the liste of the missing childdren is long, many.. many..are still missing!!

          • hezzies are terrorists

            Lmfao lol I’m a jihadist? And your an idiot. Why don’t u mention what hrw has said about asshead. Biased much!

          • Hind Abyad

            Or a Jihadi or asshead idiot. Biased much!

          • Peaceforleb

            Hi Hind, first I would like to wish you and your family a Merrry Christmas and happy new year. Secondly I would suggest you don’t attempt to converse with people who have nothing but hate in their heart. You see after reading this fools comments you will understand how deep the brainwashing actually is. This terrorist lover hates anybody who is not a salifi low life terrorist. Something his Sheikh has more than likely drilled into his thick head. Animals will always be animals.

          • Hind Abyad

            Merry Christmas and a happier New year to you..
            I have pity on the poor people in Jihadi hands, Christians, Allawites, Shia, Kurds, many Sunnis were killed trying to save their Christian neighbors in Adra. News in Midlle East tittled the massacre “Slaughtered like sheeps”.. orgies of behadings,
            they killed people by cooking them in bread ovens..it was sensored in the West.
            May i ask you, why such terrible news were also sencured in YaLibnan?

          • hezzies are terrorists

            Your “family and friends” must be the same animals as the other terrorist on this blog

          • Hind Abyad

            Coconut head, i never spoke about “Familia and amigos” pleas learn how to read, hedzusless

          • Peaceforleb

            Hind, you need to go to an animal shelter and get yourself a donkey so it can assist you in understanding what this fool is trying to say. But then again it won’t work because you need to be able to understand the jahash language. Sorry Hind, your on your with this one. Lol

          • Peaceforleb

            Hind, thats a very good question, a question I’ve been asking for a while now. I’ve been on this blog for almost 2 years and unfortunately almost every news article is always against Hezbollah, Assad, Iran,Russia or any one of their allies. They are very good at painting a picture that shows how bad the above mentioned are. I tell you what though, I definitely give them a 10 out 10 for consistency.

          • The real lebanese

            M8 supporters always complain about that at every Lebanese news website I go to thats not run in Lebanon. Its not that their biased, its just that M8 is two-sided. It acts like its for the people when it actually isn’t.

          • Peaceforleb

            So now your going to tell me that this Website is not biased. And real, I could care less for m8 or any other political party in Lebanon. All political parties are in it for themselves. It’s the way it’s been since the beginning of time.

          • The real lebanese

            You can’t claim to be for no political party but back HA’s involvement in Syria. If they really wanted to keep extremists out, they would guard the borders, not leave them unguarded and venture into Syria. Just saying.

          • Hind Abyad

            Cherry picking news (i think) seams unethical.

          • Peaceforleb

            Hind the reality is that most deaths in Syria thus far are Christians and Alawites.

          • The real lebanese

            Definitely not. The Alawites have for the most part been safe. And most Christians had left the country before the fight reached their town. Sunnis, who make up 85% of the country, have reasonably had much more dead.

          • Hind Abyad

            “Definitly not”..!!! From wish authority. I can’t believe you’re seriously posting
            this farce here..treating people as Hmar…donkeys..stupidissimos…

          • The real lebanese

            Calm down. The only person Im treating as a donkey is you.

          • Hind Abyad

            You calm down Malmequer lover fake Lebanese, who likes the Zionist stalker..
            he to You personaly i’m delusional, haha, i checked and still have his 2011 messages..donkey is more sympatico than you retard.

          • hezzies are terrorists

            U replied to the Wong person. Ur comment must surely have been to that majoosi rafidhi terrorist stupidityforleb

          • Peaceforleb

            Real, although many Sunni’s have died in this war, the majority are definitely Christians and Alawites. I mean think about it. The ones these terrorist are going after are the ones who more to lose and who are stanch supporters of Assad. And they are the Christians and Alawites.

          • The real lebanese

            The majority of people dying in the war are from regime airstrikes. Look it up.

          • Hind Abyad

            Each day Christians die..I will never forget the article i read in Sept. 2011
            Patriarch Al Rai was invited to Paris at the Élisée Palace, told by Sarkozy
            “prepare your people for an Exodus to Europe Western Powers will invade
            the Midlle East in November”. It all started in 2011.

          • Peaceforleb

            Real are you serious, do you forget the protests in support of him when this thing first started. The millions that hit the streets. Who the hell were they, the Christians and Alawites only. You forget when the Russian minister Ladarov visited Syria the millions that again hit the streets and followed his motorcade from the airport to the presidential palace thanking Russia for the first veto they raised. Who do you think they were, Russians. The funny thing about it is Yalibnan and the like didn’t report it. I wonder why, hey. If the majority of the people didn’t support him, he would have fallen long ago. And btw, could you please put a leash on your dog. :))))

          • The real lebanese

            Syria has way more than a million people. Why do you think Assad open fired in a crowd of protesters? They were much bigger than the rallies for him.

          • Peaceforleb

            Real, I said millions, not million. Your starting to sound like this other fool on the blog which is reading and understanding what suits you only.

          • The real lebanese

            But you’re missing the point. Assad open fired on Syrians. It wasn’t a big group of Salafi extremists. And they continued to protest and continued to be massacred, so they finally took up arms. It took like a week for them to finally have the courage to take up arms against the army. Remember? If more people supported Assad than democracy, then why did he make a big deal about some silly demonstration?

          • Hind Abyad

            He didn’t, while the young were peacfully gathered in front of government buildings, the Nato CIA M16 Saudis were throwing fire bombs ligthing up goverment buildings in their backs..it was on videos, some youg protesters fled, same as in Libya, the young protesters were killed.. to give way to the real thing.

          • The real lebanese

            BAHAHAHAHAHA

            OK You keep thinking that. And please share a link. Idk if you recall, but the regime was the only one doing the shooting for the first week.

          • Hind Abyad

            I don’t create this by thinking BAHAHA……!

          • hezzies are terrorists

            Glad you admit u don’t think BAHAHA!!!!

      • Hind Abyad

        Robert Ford was US Ambassador in Syria..(that says it all), everywhre he goes, that country is destroyed, and sectarianism is instaled..those unarmed Syrian youths would
        not have been protesting ordinary demands..have they lived to see what happened to Syria today. They were used same as in Libya, the yound “Arab Springers strategy”
        Then big boy proxie NATO mercenaries takes over.

        Hilarious, the US put’s Robert Ford in Irak, it’s destroyed, then puts him in Syria, it’s destroyed, now in Egypt, but this morning Egypt rejected US pick,,,no thank you.

  • Patience2

    The real trouble is, the ‘terrorists’ are the ones running the government.

  • Patience2

    The real trouble is, the ‘terrorists’ are the ones running the government.

  • hezzies are terrorists

    Anyone who supports asshead and hizbiran hopefully has the same done to his/it’s as asshead treated innocent children. Supporters of these murderers are disgusting so called humans who needed to be treated exactly the same way. Disgusting pigs

  • hezzies are terrorists

    Anyone who supports asshead and hizbiran hopefully has the same done to his/it’s as asshead treated innocent children. Supporters of these murderers are disgusting so called humans who needed to be treated exactly the same way. Disgusting pigs

  • Peaceforleb

    Why do people continue to bark. I guess being a dog like creature is something some can not help. The only sane thing to do is to put them down.

  • Peaceforleb

    Why do people continue to bark. I guess being a dog like creature is something some can not help. The only sane thing to do is to put them down.

  • hezzies are terrorists

    No need to put your family down. A kennel would suffice for them

  • hezzies are terrorists

    No need to put your family down. A kennel would suffice for them

  • Peaceforleb

    And the barking continues. from the sound of the bark, I’m guessing this dog must be constipated.

  • Peaceforleb

    And the barking continues. from the sound of the bark, I’m guessing this dog must be constipated.

  • anything is better than this horror, Carter is credible and unselfish in his efforts to helping others.

    • hezzies are terrorists

      Again I don’t agree with u. From memory, u said u don’t trust politicians. Yes I know he’s not a politician now but he was and not just any politician but one that made it to the top, which means he was a very “good” politician. Funny how yank ex presidents develop a conscience after leaving politics

      • Hind Abyad

        Exaclty what Zionists say.

        • hezzies are terrorists

          Shut up. You’re boring

      • H A T I see him as a humanitarian and a lesser evil that all the parties involved with alterior motives, call me a big woos but I am extremely compassionate and I dont stomach the violence too well, Assad is no angel and sooner or later he will get what is coming, may I ask what realistic outcome you forsee?

        • hezzies are terrorists

          Hopefully asshead is captured and is treated the same way he/it has treated innocent civilians.

          • Fair enough I hope justice gets served as far as he is concerned, would you agree that this madness produced war crimes from both sides of the battle?

          • hezzies are terrorists

            That may be the case but you can’t equate the victim with the terrorists. That would be like saying the victims of 9/11 also committed crimes against humanity. Or the Jews in World War Two also committed war crimes. Genova conventions state one is allowed self defence. It’s like somebody in the street punches u for no reason and u punch him back. The only person in the wrong is the person who punched u.

  • anything is better than this horror, Carter is credible and unselfish in his efforts to helping others.

    • hezzies are terrorists

      Again I don’t agree with u.

      • Hind Abyad

        Exaclty what Zionsts say.

        • hezzies are terrorists

          Shut up. You’re boring

      • H A T I see him as a humanitarian and a lesser evil that all the parties involved with alterior motives, call me a big woos but I am extremely compassionate and I dont stomach the violence too well, Assad is no angel and sooner or later he will get what is coming, may I ask what realistic outcome you forsee?

        • hezzies are terrorists

          Hopefully asshead is captured and is treated the same way he/it has treated innocent civilians.

          • Fair enough I hope justice gets served as far as he is concerned, would you agree that this madness produced war crimes from both sides of the battle?

          • hezzies are terrorists

            That may be the case but you can’t equate the victim with the terrorists. That would be like saying the victims of 9/11 also committed crimes against humanity. Or the Jews in World War Two also committed war crimes. Genova conventions state one is allowed self defence. It’s like somebody in the street punches u for no reason and u punch him back. The only person in the wrong is the person who punched u.