The G-8 summit's joint statement on ending the Syrian civil war will not mention whether Bashar Assad must step down from power as part of any peace settlement, a senior Russian diplomat said Tuesday ahead of the document's publication.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters the eight nations have agreed they should not specify any outcome from peace talks that all agree should start soon in Geneva.
Ryabkov said the talks should aim to create a transitional coalition government for Syria, but should not predetermine whether Assad can participate in that government.
"It would be wrong and harmful and violate the political balance," he said. "We cannot dictate to the participants in the process how it's going to end, otherwise it makes no sense to even start it."
The formal Syria declaration is expected later Tuesday after leaders of all eight G-8 members discussed the Syrian impasse over dinner Monday night.
If I have time later I will update this post.
My Comment: This news speaks louder about much more then just Geneva 2 then most will every really be aware of.
Putin torpedoes G8 efforts to push out Assad
In a final communique after two days of intense talks, global leaders called for peace talks to be held as soon as possible to resolve the Syrian civil war. But it did not even mention Assad's name.
Fact Sheet: President Obama Increases Humanitarian Assistance to Syrians.
"Humanitarian Assistance" is continued aid to the NATO mercs
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I am wondering if there is an economic attack on the Syrian dollar ongoing?
If anyone can fill us all in on this, that would be great. The timing is extremely suspicious but... I just don't know?
WP reporting the Syrian pound is tumbling...
Many exchange shops closed in Damascus on Tuesday, fearing more chaos a day after the Syrian currency plunged to a new record low.Syria is already taking measures to stabilize the currency/dollar.
The currency woes add to the embattled president’s troubles, and government officials rushed to allay public fears by announcing Damacus’ top ally Iran was extending a credit line to make up for market needs.
|Syria to activate $1B loan to stabilize pound|
The head of the Central Bank of Syria, Adib Mayaleh, said Tuesday that the bank would draw on a $1 billion credit line from Iran
“CBS will provide the exchanging institutions and the Commercial Bank of Syria with the foreign currency by acceptable prices in order to meet the citizens’ requests to buy the foreign currencies according to regulations which sell each citizen an amount of 1000 euro per month,” Mayaleh said in a statement quoted in the Syrian state news agency, SANA.
Reinoud Leenders, a Syrian expert at the Department of Middle East Studies at King’s College, said the central bank was able to stave off such a precipitous drop in the value of the pound for longer than many observers had expected.
“There has been a devaluation of the Syrian pound, but there [had] not been a double-digit devaluation when compared to the dollar, so they must be leaning on pretty substantial foreign currency reserves which must be coming from Iran, Russia,” he told The Daily Star. “It’s amazing, especially if you compare what happened to [the value of currency in] Iraq.”
PM of Canada, Steven Harper while hoping to pull the wool over the eyes of the gullible claims Russia made concessions. Hardeeharhar Harper is the joke! Harper touts progress on Syria, says Putin made concessions Just another psychopath!
David Cameron, the psycho from the UK tries to encourage a Syrian military coup
David Cameron last night made an appeal to Syria's military and security leaders in an extraordinary attempt to spark a coup against Bashar al-Assad.
The Prime Minister said the future of the country's army and security forces would be guaranteed were Assad's regime to fall.
Outlining a future for the country, a statement said 'public services must be preserved or restored'. 'This includes the military forces and security services,' it added. Diplomats confirmed this was a direct message to the leaders of Assad's military and security forces that they would not be swept aside if he is removed.