World Bulletin / News Desk
The formation of a transition government body established by mutual consent is the only way to bring about an end to the (Syrian) civil war, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday.
Speaking to the press at the Department of State, Kerry stated that the goal of holding a Geneva conference on Syria is "specifically and solely to implement the 2012 Geneva I communique", a resolution that has been repeated in various international statements and venues including most recently in Paris when both the London 11 and the Russian Federation reaffirmed their commitment to the implementation of Geneva I.
"Geneva II is about establishing a process essential to the formation of a transition government body established by mutual consent. That process is the only way to bring about an end to the civil war that has triggered one of the planet's most severe humanitarian disasters and which has created the seeding grounds for extremism," Kerry said.
Kerry stressed that any names put forward for leadership of Syria's transition must be agreed to by both the opposition and the regime, underlining the significance of "mutual consent".
"This means that any figure that is deemed unacceptable by either side - whether President Assad or a member of the opposition - cannot be a part of the future," Kerry said.
Kerry also urged the Syrian Opposition Coalition to participate in the upcoming Geneva II conference saying that "the Geneva peace conference is the beginning of a process that is the best opportunity for the opposition to achieve the goals of the Syrian people and the revolution and a political solution for this terrible conflict that has taken many lives."
Kerry also reiterated US commitment to push for vital access for humanitarian assistance, and fight for cease-fires and the exchange or release of captive journalists and aid workers and others in order to try to improve the climate for negotiations.
"The United States and the international community will continue to provide help and support, as we did yesterday in Kuwait, where we pledged $380 million of additional assistance in order to try to relieve the pain and suffering of the refugees. We will continue to stand with the people of Syria writ large, all the people, in an effort to provide them with the dignity and the new Syria which they are fighting for, " Kerry concluded.
The Syrian Opposition Coalition General Assembly is scheduled to meet on Friday to decide whether to participate in the Geneva II conference.Last Mod: 17 Ocak 2014, 11:24