Iran backs six-month Syria ‘transition’ ahead of peace talks

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assad syriaIran signaled on Friday that it favored a six-month “transition” period in Syria followed by elections to decide the fate of President Bashar al-Assad, an apparent concession ahead of the first peace conference Tehran was permitted to attend.

Although sources who described the proposal said it amounted to Tehran dropping its insistence on Assad remaining in power, it was not immediately clear whether it would actually include steps that would remove him.

Assad’s government held an election as recently as last year, which he easily won. His opponents have always rejected any proposal for a transition unless he is removed from power and barred from standing in any election that followed.

Nevertheless, a commitment to a defined time limit for a transition would amount to an important new undertaking by Assad’s closest ally, providing a potential basis for future diplomacy at a time when Assad’s position has been strengthened by Russia’s decision to join the war on his side.

“Iran does not insist on keeping Assad in power forever,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Amir Abdollahian, a member of Tehran’s delegation at the Syria talks on Friday, was quoted by Iranian media as saying.

A senior official from the Middle East familiar with the Iranian position said that could go as far as ending support for Assad after the transition period.

“Talks are all about compromises and Iran is ready to make a compromise by accepting Assad remaining for six months,” the official told Reuters. “Of course, it will be up to the Syrian people to decide about the country’s fate.”

Four weeks after Russia tipped the balance of power on the battlefield back towards Assad’s government by launching a campaign of air strikes against his enemies, Iranian officials were invited to attend an international peace conference for the first time.

All previous efforts to find a diplomatic solution to Syria’s civil war have collapsed over the insistence of the United States, European powers, Arab states and Turkey that Assad agree to leave power

In the past, Iranian delegations were excluded for refusing to sign up to U.N.-backed proposals that called for a transition of power in Damascus. Tehran has long said it was not committed to Assad as an individual, but that it was up to Syrians to decide his fate, a position that amounted to an endorsement of election results that confirmed him in office.

Russia’s participation in the conflict on Assad’s behalf creates a new incentive for a diplomatic push to end a war that has killed more than 250,000 people and driven more than 10 million people from their homes.

With Moscow fighting on Assad’s behalf, Western countries that have called for his removal from power appear to have accepted that he cannot be forced out on the battlefield.

Friday’s signal that Tehran would accept a transition of some kind could allow more room for compromise, although it would still require Assad’s opponents to make fundamental concessions to accept an election in which he could stand.

HOPE FOR COMPROMISE

The United States has said it is looking for signs of compromise from Tehran and Moscow at Friday’s conference, defending its decision to talk directly to Iran about the Syrian conflict for the first time.

The conference will also be attended by European powers, Turkey and Iran’s arch enemy in the region, Saudi Arabia.

“I am hopeful that we can find a way forward,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters shortly before the meeting began on Friday morning. “It is very difficult.”

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Thursday Washington was looking for signals from Moscow and Iran that they were willing to use their influence in Syria to help usher Assad from power.

“It’s unlikely that it will be clear right away whether or not they’re willing to use that influence to hasten this political transition. That continues to be up in the air. But we’ll see. To exclude Iran and Russia from these conversations would be a missed opportunity.”

Iranian and Russian officials have repeatedly said the priority for Syria should be the defeat of Islamic State militants, who have seized large areas of Syria and Iraq.

The divide between Assad’s allies and Western and Arab nations seeking his ouster has deepened since Moscow began air strikes against opposition forces in Syria a month ago.

Russia says it is bombing Islamic State, but most of its air strikes have hit other groups opposed to Assad, including many that are supported by Washington’s allies.

The United States is leading its own bombing campaign against Islamic State, the world’s most violent jihadist group, but says Assad’s presence makes the situation worse.

REUTERS

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56 responses to “Iran backs six-month Syria ‘transition’ ahead of peace talks”

  1. MekensehParty Avatar
    MekensehParty

    That’s it?
    250,000 people killed just to sit on a chair for 5 extra years?
    Wouldn’t it have been better to hold (fairly) free and fair elections 5 years ago? And probably win it by then…
    Bajam

    1. Hind Abyad Avatar
      Hind Abyad

      Ask ISIS

      1. MekensehParty Avatar
        MekensehParty

        The last word I wrote above was exactly meant to you

        1. Hind Abyad Avatar
          Hind Abyad

          Meekhh…sir, you give me far too much importance

          1. I always look at mekhh as the “house nigger” that suffers a inferiority complex

          2. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            I always looked at Mekhh as the Korsakoff Syndrome

            “. Current and recent memory was affected more than remote memory, but the impairment could involve memories from up to 30 years earlier. Sometimes, the disorder was associated with patients inventing ‘fictions’ (confabulations) in their discourse, and these false recollections often represented real memories jumbled up and recalled out of temporal sequence.”

          3. LOL
            that actually describes mekh perfectly.

        2. And you conversing with the proven geriatric racist religious bigot just confirms, yet again, what a disgusting immoral religious bigot you truly are.

        3. Hopefully it’s the last word you type

    2. Dubium sapientiae initium Avatar
      Dubium sapientiae initium

      Do you really believe in “Wouldn’t it have been better to hold (fairly) free and fair elections 5 years ago? And probably win it by then…”?

      1. Hind Abyad Avatar
        Hind Abyad

        Dubitus sapeniente caputium
        Was it not predicted by the media in 2013?

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFeYZF_60qs#t=78

          1. You are a disgusting bigot. Hopefully you never had kids.
            Geriatric, I am not the type to hit a geriatric but you are making me seriously reconsider

          2. Tvivel är vishetens begynnelse Avatar
            Tvivel är vishetens begynnelse

            You didn’t like the “Salafisten News | EXTRA 3 | NDR”, did you?

            Then perhaps you prefer one of those two?
            https://youtu.be/_nMH6W69qCI?list=RD4cXY0KnDgBE or this one https://youtu.be/PtsVtzBZnOc?list=RD4cXY0KnDgBE

          3. I don’t like you. Full stop

          4. Tvivel är vishetens begynnelse Avatar
            Tvivel är vishetens begynnelse

            Who said that I like YOU?

          5. Don’t know. Who? Coz if it was your then it is a lying nazi whore.

            And I notice you are replying to me. I win :))))))
            Dumb prick, no wonder you are a neo nazi

          6. If it was your mom

          7. Tvivel är vishetens begynnelse Avatar
            Tvivel är vishetens begynnelse

            I make fun of you, stupid little boy “I win :))))))”.

            Want a candy right now?

          8. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Dubium sapientiae initium – Tvivel är vishetens begynnelse –

          9. Tvivel är vishetens begynnelse Avatar
            Tvivel är vishetens begynnelse

            Doubt is the beginning of wisdom indeed – That is why I doubt that You are a Palestinian (Christian thereto…), because if you are a Palestinians what in the hell you are still doing in Lebanon – you have your own country according to 138 states?

            We are the only EU member-state that officially recognized the State of Palestine, why are you not there helping your fellow countrymen?

            Stop quibble in this medium and do something concrete together with your people in place.

            Are you afraid to be defiant in place – coward?
            Is it too bloody?

            You’re definitely afraid to be defiant in place – Are you coward, or your veins are not with Palestinian blood?

          10. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            So what? Christianity was born in Palestine Stupid Nazi!
            If you want YouTube amusements help your oldself.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrOpoWEToaQ

          11. Tvivel är vishetens begynnelse Avatar
            Tvivel är vishetens begynnelse

            I knew it, you are just spewing hot air from your mouth, it helps scarcely Palestinians.
            You are indeed coward, without Palestinian blood.

          12. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            You knew it? So stop it your idiocies and have a nice day.

          13. Said the keyboard warrior. Now wonder There

          14. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            I don’t even understand what he’s talking about except deep hatred.

          15. Has it ever posted anything nice? No?
            Then you are right, it is deep unjustified hatred.

          16. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            He was mainly complaining about refugees knocking at his door, i never expected Zionist vulgarity and his Descartes avatar makes no sense

          17. He/it used the refugee crisis to hide his ugliness.

          18. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Exactly..!

          19. Honestly, I’m so depressed by all this. I used to have this flowery view of humanity but that has changed in the last few years. :((((

            It truly brings tears to my eyes.

          20. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Why is Zionists specialty the stand up comics about other’s people’s religion?
            I find that very depressing.. pure evil, and scary; they laugh among themselves only.

          21. and in the household I grew up in, we never knew there was Shia/Sunni and that also included not knowing about every other sect in every other religion (except for those door knockers). I only found out about Shia when a Shia family moved in the next door.

          22. I forgot to add, I was 18 when that happened.

          23. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            I didn’t either, i knew there were many sects and it was normal.

          24. Wanna come with me to Mars? It might be better there than the insanity here

          25. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Great idea, my perception is; it will only get worst.. 4 million refugees from Iraq now 4 million refugees from Syria.. on top of 3 generations of Palestinian refugees and more coming.

          26. But we have to take a man too, for obvious reasons. If the choice of a man was limited to the males on yalibnan, who would you take?
            It should be obvious who I would choose.

          27. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            I would choose non on yalibnan.. ha ha 🙂

          28. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Like this in my mail box..
            Disqus 17:46 (Il y a 1 heure)

            https://youtu.be/9rY-1YGAk2Q

          29. Yes I want that candy …. To stick up your old wrinkly smelly racist bigoted ass. That then should prevent you from barking. Damn old people’s home shouldn’t allow psycho bigots access to computers

          30. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Why do US Christian Zionist Evangelicals never criticize Israeli Zionists ?
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCPF3mSloBk

          31. Tvivel är vishetens begynnelse Avatar
            Tvivel är vishetens begynnelse

            Sorry can’t help you with “Why do US Christian Zionist Evangelicals never criticize Israeli Zionists ?, don’t know any “US Christian Zionist Evangelicals nor Israeli Zionists.

          32. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Who asked you dumbium? This question was not addressed to you.
            Can’t you read? I said Have-a-nice-day.

          33. Tvivel är vishetens begynnelse Avatar
            Tvivel är vishetens begynnelse

            I have a nice day, it is All Saints’ Day Hindi Abyss.

          34. “Who asked you dumbium? ”

            That was going to be my exact question, literally word for word. 🙂

          35. You are a neo nazi and your lot needs to be eradicated

          36. Tvivel är vishetens begynnelse Avatar
            Tvivel är vishetens begynnelse

            You are wrong, I’m a Neo-Salafist……

          37. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Sarah Silverman- I Hope Jews did kill Christ.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9XUXQGpxqY

          38. Tvivel är vishetens begynnelse Avatar
            Tvivel är vishetens begynnelse

            “A couple nights ago, I was licking jelly off my boyfriend’s penis. And I thought, Oh my God — I’m turning into my mother!”
            ―Sarah Silverman
            Source/Notes:
            Jesus Is Magic (2005)

            Read more at http://izquotes.com/quote/267100

          39. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            “Rightwing Israelis celebrate murder of a Jewish activist (and NYT won’t tell you so)”
            Philip Weiss October 29, 2015
            ://mondoweiss.net/2015/10/rightwing-celebrate-activist?utm_source=#sthash.VhcNK7bi.dpuf

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PMZRYIrAG4

          40. What does your bigoted link have to do with “Iran backs six-month Syria ‘transition”?
            Hypocritical puppy of a cheap bitch

        1. Tvivel är vishetens begynnelse Avatar
          Tvivel är vishetens begynnelse

          What have the FRENCH INVASION OF MALI to do with “Iran backs six-month Syria ‘transition’ ahead of peace talks”?

      2. MekensehParty Avatar
        MekensehParty

        Unfortunately history did not put my theory to the test, so we’ll never know. But here’s why it makes a good argument:
        – he had a solid grip on all institutions
        – he had a good portion of the population with him and with a decision for free elections his fans would have doubled
        – between the assads and their close circle they had all the money in Syria
        Finally, in case he lost the elections the first time, he would not have been without a solid parliamentary group and would have led his opposition back to power. All with the benediction of the whole world.
        Look at where he is now: begging to stay another 6 months…

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