A peace process in Syria has finally been endorsed by the UN Security Council -and it does deny the role of President Bashar al Assad to engage in the interim political process.
The Security Council universally agreed to pursue peace to end vicious the five-year war through talks with the Russian-backed Syrian government for a political transition.
The meeting between the Council’s 15 foreign ministers asked UN chief Ban Ki- moon to convene a meeting in January 16 between all of the opposing forces for an all Syrian-led political process facilitated by the UN, to be called within six months for “credible, inclusive and non-sectarian governance.”
The schedule for drafting a new constitution, with “free and fair elections” is to be held within 18 months under UN supervision, allowing all Syrians to vote was target for a new constitution in January 2016.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said that with this, the world body would be sending a “clear message to all concerned that the time is now to stop the killing in Syria and lay the groundwork for a government”.
He said, “The truth is that nothing would do more to bolster the fight against the terrorists than a broadly supported diplomatic process that gives the Syrian people a real choice” adding, “That is why we have joined with so many of you in support of an urgent diplomatic initiative.”
“It’s our hope that a nationwide ceasefire can go into effect, excluding only Daesh and al-Nusrah and any other group that we might decide at some time to designate,” he reiterated
Ban briefed the UNSC on his meeting with the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), comprised of the Arab League, the European Union, the United Nations, and 17 countries, including the US and Russia prior to the decision being taken.
“As the first resolution to focus on the political path to resolving the crisis, this marks a very important step on which we must build,” Ban told the Council.
But there was no indication of Russia reneging on its support for the Assad who has long stood for Russian influence in Syria and the region.
Neither the western media nor analysts are able to predict what will transpire on the future of the Syrian president, but few, if any, doubt that the Russia will maintain a significant presence in the country.
Widely held is that the coalition’s demand a parallel presence in Syria on the ruling regime being dislodged, will bring home more body-bags.