In his weekly press conference, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said any such plan is doomed to failure. Qassemi said disintegrating Syria will have a lot of regional impacts and cannot be implemented unilaterally. The Iranian official also reiterated that the issue of Syria has so many players and any such plans cannot be easily applied. Qassemi’s remarks came after the U-N envoy for Syria recently came up with plans to give some parts of the country including some parts of Aleppo to the foreign-backed militants. The Syrian government, also, has strongly rejected the proposal.
The UN Special Envoy for Syria Steffan De Mistura has met with Syria’s FM Walid Al-Mouallem, who said he thought there would be talks about resuming dialogue. Instead, Walid Al-Moallem said De Mistura focused on what he called ‘ideas’ for eastern Aleppo: local administration, in other words, autonomy, it can be called partition. Syria has totally rejected that, so has Iran.
In this edition of the debate, we’ll discuss whether that is UN’s best answer, and who is he supporting when he approaches Syria with that idea? Meanwhile, Turkey has called on the US, and its allies to reconsider a Syria no-fly zone.
– Former American Intelligence Linguist, Scott Rickard (TAMPA)
– Founder, American Institute for Foreign Policy, Michael Lane (WASHINGTON)