When it comes to solving Syrian crisis and negotiating a cease fire to help save the lives of ordinary Syrians, Iranian regime, proves yet again to be a major part of the problem.
This time, both the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have confirmed that the upcoming meetings and negotiations in Astana are in trouble because Iran refuses the U.S. participation in the talks.
Let us review again, how do the people of Syria pay a heavy price to rid themselves from Assad dictatorship and bring in a democratic government? Here are the statistic:
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 4.8 million have fled to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq, and 6.6 million are internally displaced within Syria. Meanwhile about one million have requested asylum to Europe.
Both the UN and Arab League Envoys to Syria, have reported that close to 400,000 Syrians have lost their lives, due to the civil war.
Considering all this death and destruction, Iran is still helping Assad maintain power and is impeding peace; as reported by the Senior Syrian rebel negotiator to the Guardian newspaper that the Iranian-backed militias are continuing with their military offensives in several areas in Syria, in spite of the ceasefire agreed last month.
The United States and Russian governments are well informed of Iran’s pivotal role and interest in stopping any peaceful outcome to Syria’s civil war. Therefore, the question is how much more death & destruction does it take for the powerful and influential governments to stop Iran and save Syrian lives.
Dr. Sofey Saidi, is Professor of Global Politics in the School of Public and International Affairs, She also teaches Ethnic and Cultural Conflict at the Center for Negotiations and Conflict Management at the University of Baltimore.