Boris Johnson’s dramatic U -turn on Syria
The humiliating defeat of militants in Aleppo, Trump’s thaw in relations with Russia, and the Turkish rapprochement with Moscow has changed the equation significantly.
Published: January 29, 2017, 10:20 am
British Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Boris Johnson, has made a U-turn on President Bashar al- Assad’s right to participate as a candidate in the next Syrian elections in a dramatic reversal of British policy.
The seven-year term of President al-Assad will end in June 2021.
The UK’s foreign secretary acknowledged that the inauguration of the new US president meant all sides needed to rethink their approach on Syria, the Guardian reported.
“I have to be realistic about how the landscape has changed, and it may be that we will have to think afresh about how we handle this. The old policy, I am afraid to say, does not command much confidence,” Johnson said.
The defeat of militants in Aleppo, Trump’s thaw in relations with Russia, and the Turkish rapprochement with Moscow has changed the equation significantly.
“We have been wedded for a long time to the mantra that Assad must go, and we have not been able at any stage to make that happen, and that has produced the difficulty we now face,” Johnson said.
“We are getting to the stage where some sort of democratic resolution has got to be introduced … We believe in democracy, we support democracy, and if there is a political solution then I don’t think we can really avoid such a democratic event. I think that is the way forward.”
In June 2014, the Syrian Arab Republic had organized a presidential election. The globalist powers were opposed to it and — in violation of the Vienna Peace Agreement — had prohibited Syrian consulates from organising ballots for Syrians outside the country.
The war prevented several millions of voters from voting, while all states with diplomatic representations in Syria acknowledged that it had been a genuine ballot.
Bashar al-Assad was re-elected president by a wide margin of 88.7 percent of the votes cast and 65 percent of the voting-age population.
But since 2011, accusations levelled by globalist powers against the Syrian Arab Republic are that it is a dictatorship and that it systematically engages in torture. The Syrian people evidently do not share this belief judging by the outcome of the vote.
In September 2015, Johnson’s predecessor, Philip Hammond, had generously conceded that President Bashar could remain in power for a three month transitional period.
But Hammond nevertheless maintained that the Arab Syrian Republic was a dictatorship and that the mandate of Assad was illegitimate.
In another first in front of the Lords on Thursday, the foreign secretary said the UK was only “narrowly” on the right side of the law by granting exports licences for arms to be sold to Saudi Arabia. The Saudi-led coalition campaign in Yemen’s conflict has been dogged by allegations of war crimes.
All rights reserved. You have permission to quote freely from the articles provided that the source (www.freewestmedia.com) is given. Photos may not be used without our consent.
Keep your language polite. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in, for example, Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.
If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violations of any law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.
If your comments are subject to preview by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.
We reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.
PaduaThe Nigerian mafia has been busy in the Italian city of Padua. In less than 24 hours there were two violent episodes in the city center, and as always on via Diego Valeri.
A survey carried out for a newspaper shows a growing distrust of the French towards the media.
BerlinThe proportion of foreign suspects in gang rapes in Germany has increased significantly in the past five years. This is despite the fact that the total number of suspects decreased between 2015 and 2017.
Given the extent of the controversy, Mohamed Dine has now deleted his ad, previously posted on his Facebook page.
ParisLike part of the libertarian left at the time, the satirical newspaper supported three pedophile criminals, accused of having abused minors, before they were sentenced in 1977.
DresdenGerman author Uwe Tellkamp had his reading cancelled. It was not because of a lack of public interest, illness of the organiser or an important participant, or official orders for violations of the fire protection regulations. No, it had to be canceled because the author has a certain opinion.
ParisThe French writer Gabriel Matzneff who has been accused by the novelist Vanessa Springora of pedophilia, benefits from low-cost housing in the heart of Paris which was allocated to him in 1994. Some other sordid facts about him and his friends have resurfaced.
BerlinThe AfD intends to take legal action against the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, the domestic spy agency.
CologneSeveral editors from German public broadcaster WDR have accused director Tom Buhrow of harming the broadcaster with the so-called "environmental pig" affair. On Tuesday there will therefore be an editorial meeting in which Buhrow will also take part.
The car-burnings in France continue. There were burnt cars in Strasbourg, Bordeaux, Limoges, Nantes and other cities.