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PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST ? - Beijing and Damascus agree on 3 principles for peace process in Syria / Qatar and Russia agree on Syria peace plans

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Qatar and Russia agree on Syria peace plans

The Syrian government is ready to consider the introduction of ceasefire regime in separate regions to boost peace process, Chinese Foreign Minister said after talks with his Syrian counterpart.
 China and Syria have developed three principles for a peace process between the government and opposition, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Thursday after talks with his Syrian counterpart Walid Muallem. “The most important agreement that we made is that we need to adhere to three principles when settling the crisis in Syria,” he said. “Firstly, we need to firmly adhere to the general direction of political settlement of the crisis. Secondly, the future of Syria should be decided by the Syrian people themselves. Thirdly, the United Nations Organization should play a leading role as a mediator between the sides,” the Chinese foreign minister noted. “These three important principles should be observed during the whole process of looking for a political way to settle the crisis,” he concluded.
Damascus ready to introduce ceasefire in separate regions to support peace process in Syria The Syrian government is ready to consider the introduction of ceasefire regime in separate regions to boost peace process with the opposition, Chinese Foreign Minister went on to say.
“We exchanged opinions on several issues all sides are interested in, including ceasefire, humanitarian aid and recovery, and reached a wide consensus,” he said. “We highly value the statement of the Syrian side that it wants to move forward in reaching local ceasefire in accordance with progress in dialogue and negotiations process,” the Chinese foreign minister noted. “The Syrian side is also ready to coordinate its actions with the international community in the sphere of providing humanitarian aid,” he added. The Syrian foreign minister arrived in Beijing with a tree-day visit on December 23 on the invitation of the Chinese side. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said earlier that this visit will become part of Beijing’s efforts in promoting the peace process and political dialogue between the Syrian government and opposition.

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Qatar and Russia agree on Syria peace plans

Foreign ministers discuss what is needed to encourage Syrian government and rebels to enter dialogue.

25 Dec 2015 14:09 GMT | Politics, War & Conflict, Syrian crisis, Middle East, Syria 

The Syrian conflict has claimed more than 250,000 lives since March 2011, and displaced millions [Alaa Al-Faqir/Reuters]

Qatar and Russia have discussed what is needed to catalyse peace talks between the Syrian opposition and President Bashar al-Assad’s government, according to the Russian foreign minister.

Addressing journalists in Moscow on Friday alongside the Qatari foreign minister, Khalid al-Attiyah, Sergey Lavrov said: ”We discussed in detail what’s necessary to be done to implement the agreements on the Syrian settlement”.

Lavrov did not provide any further details.

Last week, the UN Security Council gave its unanimous support to a plan to end the Syrian conflict by summoning rebels and the regime to the negotiating table.

With crucial backing from the US and Russia, the plan aims to install a ceasefire in Syria, possibly in January, when talks in Geneva, Switzerland, could also begin.

Unlike Russia, however, Qatar has said that Assad should step down immediately for peace to prevail.

Speaking to reporters after the talks, al-Attiyah accused Assad of supporting terrorist groups while Lavrov insisted that “it’s up to the Syrian people” to decide Assad’s future.

Al-Attiyah added that any further delays to efforts aimed at resolving the Syrian conflict would harm all of the players involved and worsen the humanitarian situation.

“We agreed with Russia that the worsening of this crisis will not benefit either party,” he said.

“We are aware that delays in finding a solution to the crisis is harmful to all parties, first of all the Syrian people.”

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said  on Thursday that his government is ready to participate in the Geneva dialogue aimed at ending the civil war.

“Our delegation will be ready as soon as we receive a list of the opposition delegation,” he said.

The Syrian conflict has claimed more than 250,000 lives since March 2011, and displaced millions.


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Al Jazeera’s Peter Sharp, reporting from Moscow, said: “They [Qatar and Russia] have the same goals, but they don’t share the same ideas on Assad’s part in these talks at all.

“Qatar’s foreign minister has said Assad has no legitimacy. But these talks do give an idea of the road ahead. Both agreed that a political settlement is important. [Attiyah] said without it, they could be locked into a vicious cycle.”

He said Russia was working to form a list of opposition members and parties who would “sit with the Syrian government and start talks”, adding that Russia was also “involved in weeding out groups it considers as terrorists”.

Russia began its aerial campaign in Syria on September 30 to support Assad’s government in its fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.

Qatar’s has ruled out boots on the ground , saying that financial aid is more needed in the war-torn country.

 

Source: Al Jazeera



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