25November2017

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Efforts To Settle Conflict In Syria

Foreign intervention in settling Syrian civil war is increasingly felt since the attacks using chemical weapons. The warring parties seemed to rely on the intervention of the two major countries: the United States and Russia. The United States step addressed to the Russians may be further exacerbated the armed conflict that has caused suffering of millions of people. Recently, Washington increased pressure on Moscow to control the Syrian government which was reported of using chemical weapons in the never-ending war. Donald Trump Government sternly warned Putin for worsening US-Russia relations if Russia cannot control Ashad regime. It is reminded that if the chemical weapons attack happens again relations between Washington and Moscow will be very bad. Another US threat is there is no more peaceful solution and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad remains in power. Nevertheless, on the sidelines of the threat posed, Rex Tillerson, the US Secretary of State arrives in Moscow to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. The meeting will be the first direct negotiations since a US missile destroyed the Syrian air base last Friday, April 7th. The United States legitimized the attack as an act of revenge by reason of sarin gas attack on April 4 that killed at least 87 civilians in the rebel-controlled town of Khan Sheikhun.

Peace effort between the warring parties in Syria is perhaps still far from finding solution. Meanwhile, the Middle East countries will soon enter the winter. The Syrian people, trapped between a war that has destroyed their settlement and their lives, are threatened by the cold conditions. Insufficiency of food and necessities for the winter will make people more miserable. Indeed, we still expect the role of the United Nations in settling the conflict in Syria. At least the UN can take the initiative for a discussion that bridges the two sides in the conflict. In line with that, the countries outside Syria should be able to refrain from interfering more deeply which will cause the prolonged civil war. (Budi)

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