De Mistura intimidates opposition via Russia’s madness

Orient Net - Al-Hayat 2016-02-04 09:15:00

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Since the UN envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura began his mission in the mid of 2014 to develop a vision for a settlement for Syria, Assad – regardless of all of his atrocities – has always been internationally recognized as the legitimate party while the opposition has been under constant evaluation regarding its legitimacy and representatives.

This stance was reflected in De Mistura’s constant desire to include within the negotiations, representatives of organizations and committees close to Assad. In addition to his repetitive trials to go back to Geneva I resolution, in which he succeeded when UNSC 2254 resolution was created due to American toleration reaching a level of collusion with the Russian stance.

However, with the exposure of Assad delegation’s lack of seriousness, and their refusal to abide by the preconditions in an attempt to escape the humanitarian demands that are highly urged by the opposition as a condition before beginning any negotiations.

De Mistura publicly appealed to Assad’s ally, Russia, and said in a statement to the BBC that “the negotiations will not take a serious turn until drastic changes happen on ground in Syria.”

This statement was said with the arrival of the Russian bombing campaign on opposition areas, especially in Aleppo, to the point of madness, (around 200 strikes in one day) causing the displacement of tens of thousands of civilians, and enabling Assad militias from scoring huge advancements that could isolate the city. This coincidence ensures that De Mistura – who is gaining power via Russia’s madness – means to change the balance of power on ground which could allow him to force Assad’s demands on to the opposition.

Perhaps the British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond’s characterization of the Russian position is the most accurate; when he accused Moscow of “using the peace process as an attempt to hide behind its military advancements that bolster Assad through the establishment of a State for the regime north-east of Syria.”

De Mistura has been running away from his tasks as a representatives of the UN, and instead he intimidates by completely collapsing the negotiations which he considers “as the final chance” to push the opposition.

But is the price of continuing the negotiations supposed to subdue the opposition and force them to give up under the pressure of massacres? The answer is most probably no, even though the opposition delegation’s participation in Geneva exposed Russia’s role, which is trying to present itself as a partner in the care for the negotiations while it is involved in the killing of civilians.

Hassan Haidar in Al-Hayat.