Sochi Congress Participants To Form Constitutional Commission

The Sochi Congress participants began to discuss the composition of the commission for amending the Constitution. So, they did not arrange the initial version proposed by the presidium to vote for three separate lists - from the government, external and internal opposition. After long discussions the participants adopted a compromise variant saying the total number … Continue reading Sochi Congress Participants To Form Constitutional Commission

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Syria: Bashar al Assad Admits the Possibility of Amending the Syrian Constitution

The Syrian President Bashar al Assad admitted the possibility of amending the country's constitution. He stressed that SAA and its allies successes create the basis for political solution of the Syrian crisis. "Nevertheless, all the changes in the country must be held within the current main law', Assad added. He also didn't exclude the possibility … Continue reading Syria: Bashar al Assad Admits the Possibility of Amending the Syrian Constitution

Syrian Rebels Meeting in Riyadh End With Nothing

The Syrian opposition meeting in Riyadh on Tuesday ended without any agreement as Moscow didn't agree on any changes to President Bashar Assad’s rule or altering of the current Syrian constitution. At the same time a partial agreement between the opposition delegations and the Cairo side regarding some issues was made. Russia's delegation also made … Continue reading Syrian Rebels Meeting in Riyadh End With Nothing

OpEd: The Person And The Policy That Could Ease Syria’s War

For the last five years, U.S. policy on the Syrian civil war has revolved around supporting the United Nations’ efforts to find a political accommodation between the main combatants in the war - and reminding anyone who will listen that only a political resolution will end the grinding conflict for good. Unfortunately, the policy hasn’t … Continue reading OpEd: The Person And The Policy That Could Ease Syria’s War

Problems With Kurdish Independence Referendum

Kurdistan Regional Government president Masoud Barzani announced on June 7 that the region had set September 25 as the date for a referendum on independence. He was joined by members of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Kurdistan Islamic Union, Kurdistan Islamic Movement and other small parties, including those representing Assyrian and … Continue reading Problems With Kurdish Independence Referendum

Syrian War Moves Closer To An End

The Syrian conflict is moving closer to its end. Despite global expectations, the key settlement process is occurring on the ground and in closed talks, not in front of the media and, therefore, not manipulated by geopolitical players and games in Astana or Geneva. Such formats on the ground and in talks beyond closed doors … Continue reading Syrian War Moves Closer To An End

Holding Syria Talks in Doha Difficult After Diplomatic Row

Qatar's initiative to create a new platform to Syrian conflict resolution in Doha is a very difficult issue due to serious diplomatic problems. Qatar's desire to help in Syria crisis settlement could be welcomed, but it would be difficult to turn Doha into a new platform for talks due to a strained political situation around … Continue reading Holding Syria Talks in Doha Difficult After Diplomatic Row