SYRIA 'CEASEFIRE': WHAT IS IT ABOUT THE CERTAINTY OF THE RULE OF LAW, THAT UNITED STATES & RUSSIA FIND SO DIFFICULT TO PUBLICLY AGREE & CLARIFY ? (25.02.2016)
Either the United States and Russia who both support 'Kurds' everywhere will all completely support the Syrian government who are lawfully defending the major cities in western Syria where most civilians have always lived, or they will try and militarily carve up Syria, like Iraq, using the Kurdish 'canard' of 'democracy' gift wrapped in a gun.
It is not difficult to see that where it all continued to go so horribly wrong seventy years ago, was when the 'United Nations Security Council' weapons supply line, deliberately refused to make at the time of it's own creation, an International Criminal Court that it was mandatory for all countries to join.
'echoes' of... criminal colonial 'politics'
The two-faced United Nations Security Council weapons supply line are a universal disgrace because they have always refused to make the obvious necessary checks and balances of the certainty of the rule of law through a mandatory ICC, because all they have ever cared about is their very lucrative easily manipulated weapons supply line.
all about the money...it is no co-incidence that the five permanent members of the very lucrative 'united nations security council' are in the list of the top six biggest suppliers of lethal weapons
Very sadly, the problem remains there is no public agreement on the most basic and simplest legal issue of who is a terrorist in Syria, because the US & Russia really are just milking the wars in Syria and Iraq, for all the money they can make.
A ceasefire in Syria will come into effect on February 27, Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, said in a special address, in which he also expressed hope that all of the warring parties will support the action plan agreed upon by Moscow and Washington.
The statement was first published on the Kremlin’s official website on Monday. This is the full text:
I just had a telephone conversation with President of the United States of America Barack Obama. The phone call was initiated by the Russian side, but the interest was certainly mutual.
During our conversation, we approved joint statements of Russia and the US, as co-chairs of the ISSG, on the cessation of hostilities in Syria. Adoption of the statement was preceded by intensive work by Russian and American experts. We also made use of the positive experience we accumulated over the course of cooperation in eliminating chemical weapons in Syria.
Ceasefire in Syria to commence at midnight on Feb. 27 – Russia & US
Our negotiators held several rounds of closed consultations. As a result, we were able to reach an important, specific result. It was agreed that the cessation of hostilities in Syria commences at 00:00 (Damascus time) on February 27, 2016 on terms and conditions that are a part of the Russian-American statement.
The essence of these conditions is as follows: by 12:00 pm on February 26, 2016, all parties warring in Syria must indicate to the Russian Federation or our American partners their commitment to the cessation of hostilities. Russian and American troops will jointly delineate the territories where these groups are active. No military action will be taken against them by the Armed Forces of the Syrian Arab Republic, Russian Armed Forces and the US-led coalition. In turn, the opposition will cease all military action against the Armed Forces of the Syrian Arab Republic and other groups supporting them.
ISIS, Jabhat Al-Nursa, and other terrorist organisations designated by the United Nations Security Council, are excluded from the cessation of hostilities. Strikes against them will continue.
It is fundamentally important that Russia and the US, as co-chairs of the ISSG, are prepared to launch effective mechanisms to promote and monitor compliance with the ceasefire by both the Syrian Government and the armed opposition groups.
To achieve this goal, we will establish a communication hotline and, if necessary, a working group to exchange relevant information. Russia will conduct the necessary work with Damascus and the legitimate Syrian leadership. We expect that the United States will do the same with regard to their allies and the groups they support.
I am sure that the joint actions agreed upon with the American side will be enough to radically reverse the crisis situation in Syria. We are finally seeing a real chance to bring an end to the long-standing bloodshed and violence. As a result, humanitarian access to all Syrian citizens in need should be made easier.
Most important is the creation of conditions for launching a long-term political process through a broad inter-Syrian dialogue in Geneva, under the auspices of the UN.
Unfortunately, recent history has many examples where one-sided actions not sanctioned by the UN, which favour short-term political or opportunistic interests, have led to dramatic results. These examples are on everyone’s lips: Somalia, Iraq, Libya, Yemen.
Against this background, Russian-American agreements on the cessation of hostilities in Syria, and their joint implementation in coordination with all nations participating in the International Syria Support Group, can become an example of responsible actions the global community takes against the threat of terrorism, which are based on international law and UN principles.
I would like to hope that the Syrian leadership and all our partners in the region and beyond will support the set of actions chosen by representatives of Russia and the US
The following [below] is not about Turkish 'politics' supposedly 'arguing' against what Erdogan is doing in Syria, but instead being wholly complicit in it.
Turkish 'politicians' can go and refresh their rotten memories with all the cases on Iraq and indeed Afghanistan in Europe, if they like.
What Erdogan et al are doing is a violation of Turkish and European law too.
The opposition parties of Turkey have argued that a recent statement by Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu was an acknowledgement of his government’s interference in the domestic affairs of Syria, thus a violation of international law.
“Despite the backing of Russian airstrikes, Syrian regime forces still couldn’t capture either Idlib or Aleppo,” Davutoğlu said in an interview with international Al Jazeera channel.
“How have they defended themselves if there was no Turkish support?” he was quoted as asking in the interview by the state-run Anadolu Agency on Feb. 23. “If there is a truly moderate Syrian opposition today, this is thanks to Turkey. If the regime is today not able to control all territories of the country, it is thanks to support from Turkey and other countries,” Davutoğlu said.
The statement by the prime minister clearly showed Turkey’s “intervention in domestic affairs of Syria,” Rıza Türmen, a deputy of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), said, recalling the U.N. Charter’s established principle of non-intervention.
“This expression is very wrong in regards to international law. States have the right to sovereignty in their own countries. If another state uses this sovereignty, then this would mean intervening in internal affairs. Such intervention is against the United Nations charter,” Türmen, who was previously a judge at the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), said. “Jurisdiction on this issue belongs to the International Criminal Court [ICC], but for the court to use its authority, both of the sides need to recognize this authority,” he said.
Turkey has neither signed nor ratified the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the ICC. Syria is not a state Party to the Rome Statute either.
Hişyar Özsoy, a deputy of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), described Davutoğlu’s statement as “an interesting confession.”
“There is an extraordinary situation both in Syria and in the region. Everything is unlawful. When you look at what Turkey is officially saying, it is: ‘I am supporting some groups against the state in Syria.’ This is a statement that confirms a violation of international law. It is an interesting confession. It is unacceptable in regards to international law,” said Özsoy, who also serves as the party’s deputy co-chair in charge of external affairs.
According to Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), the statement portrayed “a fatal situation.”
“This is a confession that says Turkey is involved in proxy wars and threats against territorial integrity of Syria by building of authority of terror organizations,” MHP deputy parliamentary group chair Oktay Vural said. He added that through the statement, Davutoğlu had actually revealed the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) “responsibility” in the growth of the regional hegemony of both the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Syria’s Democratic Union Party (PYD), which Ankara says is affiliated with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
Even worse is the phoney 'opposition' deputy leader of CHP who was a 'judge' on the ECHR, is lying about the certainty of the rule of law, which does not require Syria to belong to any court, to take Erdogan to the ECHR.
It is a very dirty and corrupt 'judge' who does not recognize universal jurisdiction in the ECHR.
The state of most 'politics' us shockingly corrupt and insulting to all law abiding civilians intelligence.
The HDP are just as corrupt and dishonest, because it was their Demirtas who effectively called for Genocide in Syria, when he said on May 23rd 2013 that 'Kurds' who wanted to carve up Syria were Turkey's 'good luck'.
US President Barack Obama’s top military and intelligence advisers doubt Russia will abide by a new ceasefire in Syria and want to prepare plans to increase pressure on Moscow by expanding covert support to rebels fighting the Russia-backed Assad regime.
US Defence Secretary Ash Carter, Marine General Joseph Dunford — chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — and CIA Director John Brennan have voiced increasingly hawkish views towards Moscow in recent White House meetings, calling for new measures to “inflict real pain on the Russians”, a senior administration official said yesterday.
The emerging alliance of Russia hawks exposes discord within the administration among defence and diplomatic officials and could put pressure on Mr Obama to take stronger action against Moscow. But doing so risks pulling the US deeper into a proxy fight in Syria, with Moscow showing little sign of lessening its support for President Bashar al-Assad. The Syrian government said it accepted the proposed ceasefire but that operations would continue against Islamic State, the al-Qa’ida-linked Nusra Front — both designated by the UN as terrorist organisations — as well as “other terrorist groups connected to them”. Russia and the Assad regime have not distinguished among rebels, branding them all as terrorists.
The opposition’s delegation to UN-mediated peace talks in Geneva said it backed the US-Russia deal, with several conditions related to humanitarian issues.
Russia’s bombing campaign in Syria, launched last northern autumn, has infuriated the CIA in particular because the strikes have targeted CIA-backed rebels, US officials say, weakening moderate forces opposed to the regime.
Officials say it remains unclear whether stepped-up support for those rebels would make much of a difference at this stage, given how much ground they have lost in the recent pro-regime offensive.
Mr Obama has also been reluctant to allow either the US or its regional partners to supply the rebels with advanced ground-to-air anti-aircraft weapons to fend off Russian airstrikes — the sort of system that could be a game changer.
Any decision to help rebels directly go after Russian soldiers or planes could mark a dramatic escalation in the conflict.
Officials said Mr Carter and General Dunford had yet to make formal recommendations to Mr Obama. Officials said Mr Carter could support several options to put pressure on Moscow, not just an expansion of the CIA program.
A senior administration official said of the White House’s review of options: “We’ll judge Russia by its actions, not its words. And that remains the case even more so following the announcement on Monday of a path towards a cessation of hostilities.”
The official added: “To be clear: our actions are not aimed at Russia. Our focus, however, does not change the fact that Russia, by increasingly involving itself in a vicious conflict on the side of a brutal dictator, will become enmeshed in a quagmire. Should it not change course, Russia’s fate will be self-inflicted.”
Other options under discussion in the White House include providing intelligence support to moderate rebels to help them better defend themselves against Russian air attacks and possibly conduct more effective offensive operations.
A less divisive option with wide support among Mr Obama’s advisers would impose new economic sanctions against Russia. But administration officials said they doubt European powers would go along, given the importance they place on trade with Russia.
The drawn-out negotiations with Moscow this month over a ceasefire agreement in Syria exposed a growing rift within the Obama administration. Mr Carter has backed the negotiations led by US Secretary of State John Kerry.
But while the talks were under way last week, Mr Carter, Mr Brennan and General Dunford warned the White House they risked undermining Washington’s standing with regional partners in parallel, US-led coalitions — one in support of rebels, the other fighting Islamic State.
At one point last week, the Pentagon came close to withdrawing its representatives from the talks after the Russians claimed military co-operation between the US and Russia was part of the closed-door discussions, according to senior administration officials.
Mr Carter was upset about the Russian claims because he had explicitly ruled out such discussions, the officials said.
The Pentagon believes Russia was trying to try to drive a wedge between the US and its coalition partners and to make it look like Washington would support Moscow’s military campaign in Syria and accept Assad.
While Russia was engaged in the ceasefire talks, US officials say its war planes stepped up their attacks on positions held by moderate rebels. Russia maintains its airstrikes are targeting terrorist groups.
“The Russians, you have to admit, are very skilled at the way they work it in a way that does provide the perception that they’re working hard on trying to find a solution. Meanwhile they’re bombing very aggressively all the things that they have in the past,” a senior administration official said.
Mr Kerry believes this week’s agreement has “a viable chance of succeeding”, according to a senior administration official close to the secretary.
In contrast, Mr Carter told senior officials that it won’t hold. “He thinks it’s a ruse,” a senior administration official said.
The senior administration official close to Mr Kerry said the secretary recognised the challenge of ensuring Russian compliance. The official added that the agreement was partially intended to test whether Moscow could be trusted. If Russia doesn’t abide by the deal, then “Plan-B thinking needs to occur”, the official said.
The 'United States' told the whole world they were collaborating with Russia over 'special forces' in Syria, while Russian support for 'Kurds' is very upfront.
It can only be more than likely that both the US and Russia would like to 'partition' Syria like Iraq to try and cover up how the illegal wars started in Iraq, which Russia could not really claim they opposed in any tangible way.
Then Russia and the whole phoney Corbynista 'liberal' glee club can join with Cameron & Co in their whole rotten apologia over the Iraq War.
The phoney 'liberal' camp in the UK is so demonstrably false it consists of Stake-knife Corbyn's war cabinet of Blair's henchman the unelected Lord Falconer as his Shadow Justice Minister, along with Iraq & Syria War criminal, Hilary Benn as his Shadow 'Foreign Minister' with Emily Thornberry who voted for the Libya war and continuing occupation of Iraq as his 'Defence' Secretary.
That really is what all 'politics' and 'news' media in the UK [and Russia] call 'anti-war' !!
People can only be surprised that Blair & Putin have not done the whole photo-shoot thing together in the Kremlin.
Thankfully the Palestinian Justice Minister Saleem al-Saqqa has cut through all 'politics' to force Palestine to join the still politically stuffed 'International Criminal Court' to begin the long road to try and strengthen the rule of law to really try and save civilian life.
Please note: Our long-standing civilian resistance that began on June 2nd 2001 is not a 'news' media outlet. We only publish information to help save civilian lives.
The certainty of the rule of law, that exists for the benefit of everyone, does not change to suit any 'politics' or 'news' media.