US, Europe have been pushed to the fringes in Syria - Caabu Director, Chris Doyle writes for CNN
8 September 2016
"Any serious chances of salvaging a political deal in Syria lie with John Kerry and Sergei Lavrov. Only when the US and Russia are in full agreement and working together is there any chance of corralling the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and the disparate forces on the ground to engage in a political process."
Doyle points out that the Syrian opposition in the form of the Higher Negotiations Committee have diluted their core demand that Presdient Assad leaves as a pre-condition for negotiations. Under their plan, he ould leave during the transition process following a six month negotiating period.
The shift in Turkey's position on syria in recent months means that the two key losers could be the Kurds and the "moderate" opposition.
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