Syria: Syrian vice-president – “We are not in a battle for an individual or a regime”
The Syrian vice-president, Farouq al-Sharaa, has not been making much appearance since the conflict started and despite his position, has not been known for fighting alongside Bashar Al-Assad. He also says that Syria does not have a solely military or political solution to its problem and that with every day passing, “We should be in a position defending the existence of Syria. We are not in a battle for an individual or a regime”. He states that the opposition abroad is not enough, and that the fighting within Syria’s borders could plunge into “anarchy and an unending spiral of violence”.
Another official statement was issued, this time from the government, concerning chemical warfare. Syria’s U.N. Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari accused western countries of backing terrorist organizations in Syria using chemical weapons only to later blame the Al-Assad regime for it: “We are genuinely worried that certain states that support terrorism and terrorists could provide the armed terrorist groups with chemical weapons, and then claim they had been used by the Syrian Government.”
This is all happening on the ground of the SNC’s continuing struggle for legitimacy, that even got Russia to have, at some level, contradictory statements, and although still being one of the only allies that al-Assad’s regime has, even they are starting to feel international pressures (as proven by Vladimir Putin’s meeting with the Turkish authorities in order to find a “creative formula” for solving the conflict. Iran also issued a six point solution for the Syrian issue, which includes:
- An immediate cessation of violence under the supervision of the United Nations;
- The lifting of sanctions imposed on Syria to allow the distribution of food aid […]
- Start a dialogue after the return of calm, to establish a conciliation commission for the formation of a transitional government;
- This will cost the government (to) organize free elections for parliament and the Constituent Assembly and the presidency;
- (the government) free(d) political prisoners, and the trial of detainees implicated in crimes before the courts is biased;
- Finally, (the plan provides for) the establishment of the Commission to evaluate the damage caused in infrastructure. And requests the media to provide objective coverage for the plan and to stop the current disinformation campaign against Syria.
Meanwhile, a jet bombed a mosque in Yarmouk, a Palestinian refugee camp near Damascus, killing at least 25 people. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon is concerned because of the 500.000 Palestinian refugees living in Yarmouk, as Martin Nesirsky, UN spokesman said: “The secretary-general is alarmed by the continued dramatic escalation of violence in Syria over the past several days, and the grave danger facing civilians in areas under fire.”