World powers seek political solution to Syria crisis:: Feroze Mithiborowla
Sun Feb 17, 2013 3:39PM
The situation is now beginning to turn around on the ground as well as in the political domain where the calls for a political solution, the calls for a political dialogue are now making sense to the global powers as well as the opposition within Syria..."A political analyst says the situation in Syria is beginning to turn around in the political domain and the calls for a political solution and a political dialogue are making sense to the global powers as well as the opposition within Syria. According to the United Nations, nearly 70,000 people have been killed in 22 months of conflict between the Syrian government forces and the foreign-backed opposition groups. Several international human rights organizations have accused foreign-sponsored militants of committing war crimes. Press TV has conducted an interview with Feroze Mithiborowla, from the International Struggle against Imperialism and Zionism, to further discuss the issue. What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview. Press TV: Well I heard that you have just gotten back from Syria. Can you tell us sir about the observations, what was the situation like on the ground? Mithiborowla: The situation is now beginning to turn around on the ground as well as in the political domain where the calls for a political solution, the calls for a political dialogue are now making sense to the global powers as well as the opposition within Syria, as well as I would say elements of the opposition outside Syria like the Syrian National Congress.
So now there is an understanding that there is no military solution to this conflict, there is no way that the insurgents from 29 countries that are being [sent] by the Saudis and the Qataris and the Turks, full backed by the Americans, the French and the British, this will not lead to a Libya type of solution. The West will not be able to impose the Libyan solution on Syria.That is my understanding of what I observed after six days of our stay of Indian delegation of human rights and journalists who just visited Syria. Press TV: Well you just mentioned the current situation but let’s look at it, I mean you said that it seems, it appears that those who are against the Syrian government fighting the Syrian government have basically reached a point that they understand that there is no military solution. However in the interim before these talks start it seems that they are doing their best to try to destroy the infrastructure in that country. What does that say to you about these individuals? Does it seem or does it appear that they are truly Syrian and actually care about the improvement of their country if they are really Syrian? Mithiborowla: No you are right. It is ridiculous. They are destroying the electrical transmission lines; they are destroying schools, hospitals, colleges. It is ridiculous. This is not for democracy; this is not for more political rights. These are insurgents, mercenaries, terrorists; this is a combination of all kinds of extremist elements that have infiltrated Syria from the four borders which is very, very difficult for the Syrian people and the army to guard. And they also dismantled 1,500 industrial plants in the North, in Aleppo and they have all been taken away to Syria. Sheep and cattle have been stolen.
It is a ridiculous situation and I think now even the Syrian people who are opposed to the regime have understood that a political solution is required.Undoubtedly mistakes have been made by the regime but this is not the way out. There needs to be a political dialogue, a new constitution that needs to involve all political parties and sections of civil society, the women and the youth. This is the only way ahead and that is a position that the BRICs have taken and I am proud of the fact that India, Brazil, South Africa, Russia are all taking the position and are playing a very, very mature role in containing the damage which is massive. Syria will have to go through a major phase of reconstruction. AHK/JR