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The Putin Effect: Syrian opposition agreed that the country needs ‘decentralization’

The Syrian opposition signed the declaration on the results of negotiations at the conference in Astana. The participants emphasized that Syria urgently needs ‘decentralization’
The Putin Effect: Syrian opposition agreed that the country needs ‘decentralization’

Representatives of the Syrian opposition signed the declaration on the results of negotiations at the conference in the Kazakh capital of Astana. Oddly enough, but the opposition decided that Syria urgently needs ‘decentralization’, Joinfo.ua reports.

On October 2-4 a second round of negotiations on the Syrian crisis was held in the Kazakh capital of Astana.  The first round took place in Astana on May 25-27, 2015, resulting with the final document, in which the participants called for the withdrawal of all foreign militants and stressed on the need to create a united front against terrorism. They also stresses that decentralization is crucial condition for the preservation of the Syrian statehood, Kazakh media report.

Analyzing the results of the meeting, the Western analysts began to draw parallels with the Minsk Agreement, in which the transition of power is one of the main conditions.

According to Western political analysts, the negotiations in Astana were held not without agents of the Kremlin. The truth is that it is not clear how can Syrian government system be decentralized. According to the UN, more than 220 thousand people were killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011. Bashar Assad and his regime confront militias belonging to various armed groups. The most active fighters belong to groups of ISIS and Al-Nusra Dzhebhat.

According to political observers ISIS is not speaking about any transition of power from Assad. And in light of the participation of the Russian Armed Forces in the war on the side of Assad and its bombing attacks on different targets, mostly opposition’s facilities and even a hospital, the signing of any resolutions by the Syrian opposition is unlikely to mark the beginning of a political settlement of the conflict.

It should be recalled that earlier seven countries – Turkey, the United States, Germany, Britain, France, Qatar and Saudi Arabia – called on Russia to cease to bomb Syria. Turkish Foreign Ministry published a joint declaration.

“We express our deep concern with regard to the Russian military build-up in Syria and especially the attacks by the Russian Air Force on Hama, Homs and Idlib since yesterday which led to civilian casualties and did not target ISIS. These military actions constitute a further escalation and will only fuel more extremism and radicalization,” said in the statement.