Friday, October 30, 2015

Joint Communique Issued after Vienna Syria Talks

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) and US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) listen while UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura (C) speaks during a press conference at the Grand Hotel October 30, 2015 in Vienna, Austria. US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that they had agreed that Syria must emerge from civil war as a unified secular state

VIENNA: Following is the full text of a joint communique issued on Friday after ministerial talks on a political solution to the Syrian civil war as agreed by 17 countries, the European Union and the United Nations.


Meeting in Vienna, on October 30, 2015, China, Egypt, the EU, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United Nations, and the United States ["the participants"] came together to discuss the grave situation in Syria and how to bring about an end to the violence as soon as possible.
The participants had a frank and constructive discussion, covering major issues. While substantial differences remain among the participants, they reached a mutual understanding on the following:
1. Syria's unity, independence, territorial integrity, and secular character are fundamental.
2. State institutions will remain intact.
3. The rights of all Syrians, regardless of ethnicity or religious denomination, must be protected.
4. It is imperative to accelerate all diplomatic efforts to end the war.
5. Humanitarian access will be ensured throughout the territory of Syria, and the participants will increase support for internally displaced persons, refugees, and their host countries.
6. Da'esh (Islamic State), and other terrorist groups, as designated by the U.N. Security Council, and further, as agreed by the participants, must be defeated.
7. Pursuant to the 2012 Geneva Communique and U.N. Security Council Resolution 2118, the participants invited the U.N. to convene representatives of the Government of Syria and the Syrian opposition for a political process leading to credible, inclusive, non-sectarian governance, followed by a new constitution and elections. These elections must be administered under U.N. supervision to the satisfaction of the governance and to the highest international standards of transparency and accountability, free and fair, with all Syrians, including the diaspora, eligible to participate.
8. This political process will be Syrian led and Syrian owned, and the Syrian people will decide the future of Syria.
9. The participants together with the United Nations will explore modalities for, and implementation of, a nationwide ceasefire to be initiated on a date certain and in parallel with this renewed political process.
The participants will spend the coming days working to narrow remaining areas of disagreement, and build on areas of agreement. Ministers will reconvene within two weeks to continue these discussions.

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  1. Ukraine is working with Saudi-Arabia and Turkey to supply SAM-8 / 9 to the terrorists in Syria. Ukraine has stopped contributing to a Ukraine-Russian collaboration to keep track of end use of their manpads.

    1. the translated article is interesting, thanks!

  2. Well it's step in the right direction but with this noise in the back ground will it ever happen?

    1. thanks jo
      Saudi Arabia and Israel have long been friendly- but how friendly will they be when the ISIS rebels come to Saudi Arabia- but not to Israel

  3. Hi Penny,

    On the first day of the hate speech trial of Arthur Topham in Canada, the Defense quoted from the Talmud after the first witness for the prosecution stated that the Talmud was a Holy book, but then admitted that he hadn't actually read it. Doesn't that say it all about the hatists and their own ignorance.

    A case of being hoisted with their own petard... literal translation: "cause the bomb maker to be blown up with his own bomb"

    Gilad Atzmon has flown in to Canada to speak for the Defense as an expert witness on the "Jewish identity".


    1. Hey Anthony:

      I knew that was on going and haven't had a minute to keep up with it
      Is Henry Makow going to cover the trial on a regular basis?
      And if you can, I would appreciate if you could just leave me an update?
      I will read it here in the comments and am sure others would to
      Thanks in advance if this is possible for you!
      Wonder when Gilad will testify?

  4. A possibly constructive occurrance. However, if the terms of the Agreement are put into place, how long before empire begins to undermine and manipulate the situation? All parties cannot be too cautious when partnering with empire and its vassals. Empire will not accept loss in any way.

    1. Hi Charles
      I don't put much faith in those terms, personally, but for the Syrian people always hope for the best.
      It's terrible for them

  5. these terms are a joke to begin with,they want a cease fire over the entire country really? so let us give terrorists a big break huh ,then they want to force new elections when syria already had them a year ago,so it seems even syrias friends are willing to violate and contradict syrian const laws ,and did this meeting make it clear if all syrians participating includes Assad? so long as Assad runs the US will never accept the outcome,these whole talks are a sham because they do not adress the real problem of west supporting these terrorists ,,there is no political solution because the west will keep doing this until Assad goes,,the only solution is a military one because that's the reality of the situation,,you can not bargain with terrorist nor there supporters or give any kind of concessions or you already lost

    1. very good comment Ziad Welder

  6. while the terms sound feasible and agreeable still do hot agree about the elections when they happened in 2013 and Pres Al Assad is still the legitimate and democratically elected leader along with the Baath Party of Syria as it should be. I do not recall the wretched UN being thete with their meddling and I do not agree with it now , it is a known fact that anything to do with the West and their corrupt organizations is always been an absolute disaster and a fatal mistake. The UN has interfered enough last seventy years they need not be there for the political solutions of Syria's civil war. It can be solved within the international law and charter , and with the decisions of the Syrians to decide their future like millions of Syrians in Syria and those living out side of Syria and around the world I would like Pres Al Assad to stay exactly where he is, I am not going to a Middle Eastern country where it has been raped and destroyed by the evil West and its pathetic lap dog allies have destroyed and stamped their evil across it, I want to go where their government and country remains intact and in peace. As for the reforming of the Constitution of Syria what for. Yes it is a known fact that countries who have a constitution do make changes but usually that is done on their own recognizance and within their own countries laws and the say of the nations governments and people, and this should continue to apply for the changes of Syria's constitution as it always has been. I really do not agree that should be one of the requirements of the Vienna meeting. Overall all Russia and its allies have done a good job drawing up these requirements but this is the one factor that I do NOT agree with.

  7. while the conditions on the solution of the Syrian crisis in the Vienna meeting seem reasonable and feasible enough and Russia and its allies did a great job of compiling them I still do NOT agree with Syria holding elections and reforming their constitution as one of the requirements and having the corrupt UN presiding over these said elections. First of all in 2013 Syria had their usual general elections where as usual they were democratically held and that President Al Assad was again the legitimate and democratically elected leader along with the Baath Party of Syria as being the real leaders of Syria, and do not recall the wretched UN meddling then either. As for the reforms of the constitution of Syria that as always should continue to be done within the laws of Syria and by the Government and the people of Syria not to be as one of the requirements of the meeting in Vienna. It is the only condition that I do NOT agree with. I do believe the Syrian people with their intelligence and common sense would make the right decision as they did in 2013 and all previous elections in Syria's history I also believe that it should not be one of the requirements , but again Russia and their allies did a grand job in other areas and when I mean Russia and its allies of course I mean Russia , Iran, Iraq, China probably and others. Still well done