Security Council Approves Ceasefire in Syria, Peace Talks to Follow

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Security Council Approves Ceasefire in Syria, Peace Talks to Follow
by Stephen Lendman
With Trump’s ascension to power a few weeks away, conflict resolution prospects in Syria are brighter than at any time since Obama launched naked aggression in March 2011 – continuing it during his waning days in office, proving Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova right, saying on Rossiya-1 television:
Obama will go down in history as one of the most evil presidents. His tenure “evokes aversion of the entire world. (T)his man and his team…proved to be bad for all on the global arena.”
He “failed to fulfill” his sworn obligations to Americans and other countries. From a “moral point of view,” he committed “crime(s)” against humanity throughout his tenure. “This is what (his) administration (left) in history.”
Who knows what mischief he plans in his remaining days in office. He exceeded the infamy of any of his predecessors – a record of high crimes of war and against humanity throughout his disgraceful tenure, making America more of a rogue state than earlier.
On New Year’s eve, Security Council members offered a glimmer of hope for war-torn Syria – unanimously passing Resolution 2336, jointly submitted by Russia and Turkey.
Excluding continued efforts to combat UN-designated terrorist groups and others failing to halt fighting, the measure approved ceasefire and resumed peace talks to end nearly six years of conflict against a sovereign independent nation threatening no others.
It supports “efforts of Russia and Turkey aimed at stopping violence in Syria and launching a political process.”
It considers late January peace talks in Astana, Kazakhstan, (involving all groups genuinely interested in conflict resolution, according to Russian UN envoy Vitaly Churkin), “an important step” before resuming inter-Syrian discussions under UN auspices in Geneva on February 8.
SC members affirmed their commitment to “sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic.” They stressed achieving conflict resolution by diplomatic means. They called for unobstructed humanitarian aid to areas in need.
The resolution is meaningless while Obama remains in office – committed to endless war and regime change, not resolution and respect for an overwhelmingly supported, democratically elected government.
Trump’s intentions are unknown until he takes office and begins serving. Humanity waits to learn if he’ll act responsibly or continue Obama’s deplorable geopolitical agenda.
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Stephen Lendman
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.