Syrian government will offer ceasefire under international observation

The Syrian conflict has reached a stalemate and President Bashar al-Assad‘s government will call for a ceasefire at a long-delayed conference in Geneva on the state’s future, the country’s deputy prime minister has said in an interview with the Guardian.

Qadri Jamil said that neither side was strong enough to win the conflict, which has lasted two years and caused the death of more than 100,000 people. Jamil, who is in charge of country’s finances, also said that the Syrian economy had suffered catastrophic losses.

Meanwhile, he said, the Syrian economy had lost about $100bn (£62bn), equivalent to two years of normal production, during the war.

If accepted by the armed opposition, a ceasefire would have to be kept “under international observation”, which could be provided by monitors or UN peace-keepers – as long as they came from neutral or friendly countries, he said.

Leaders of Syria‘s armed opposition have repeatedly refused to go to what is called Geneva Two unless Assad first resigns. An earlier conference on Syria at Geneva lasted for just one day in June last year and no Syrians attended.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/19/syrian-government-civil-war-stalemate

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2 thoughts on “Syrian government will offer ceasefire under international observation

  1. So, if the mostly foreign rebels again set preconditions instead of accepting a ceasefire and holding to it, then they cannot claim to care for the syrian people and fighting for their liberation (well this is only what maintream press says, the rebels honestly say that they are fighting to create an prehistoric islamic state based on sharia law).

    So if in one year this civil war produces another 100.000 casualties, then no one should claim that this is the fault of the syrian government.

    Besides that this 100.000 include syrian soldiers, rebels and civilians killed by BOTH parties, a big part of this 100.000 would be living if the rebels had cared more for the syrian people and had showed a minimum interest in a ceasefire and had attended other peacetalks that the syrian government had proposed.

    I guess the hope of the rebels for a foreign intervention and foreign help has also played its role making them less eager to attend any talks, even though their situation on the ground has been bad for a long ime.

    Talks that would have been in the interest of the regular syrian people, who surely had more interest in an end of this devastating war that in waiting for the rebels to win the war and create a sharia state.

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