The Syrian opposition has agreed to a proposal of establishing a two-week truce. The High Negotiations Committee said the initiative will test the government’s commitment to a Russia-US endorsed plan on the cessation of hostilities.
The opposition’s statement came after Damascus voiced its readiness to maintain the truce. Hopes are that the ceasefire deal, which is due to start on February 27, will help to resume Geneva peace talks between the warring sides.
The agreement is applied to all members of the conflict, accept for Daesh and al-Nusra Front.
On Wednesday, the US Secretary of State said that if peace talks and the ceasefire fail, Washington will consider plan B, which may include a military operation.
Meanwhile, Turkey said that it would not honor a ceasefire if its national security is threatened.
PM Ahmet Davutoglu said the deal is intended for Syria and its warring parties. Turkey will ask no one’s permission and will do what needs to be done if its security is threatened, Davutoglu noted.
Radio Sputnik discussed the cessation of hostilities in Syria with Taleb Ibrahim, Deputy Director of Damascus center for International and Strategic Studies.
The deal is sealed and everything is okay. All parties are now under severe commitment about the most critical and important question which is for how long will the ceasefire continue. Should it be a preface to a new round of negotiations or will it be a preface to a new escalation of war in Syria?”
Talking about the comment by the Turkish prime minster, Ibrahim said, “Turkey right now is on the wrong side of history. Turkey has its own agenda in Syria; it is trying to gain some part in Syria. They want to create a new ‘Ottomansism’. From my perspective the main threat to the national security of Turkey is not Syria, and not the Kurds. The main threat is the AKP party and Ahmet Davutoglu and the President Reccep Erdogan.”
He further spoke about what Turkey was like just five years ago. “Now Turkey is surrounded by a ring of enemies. Why is that so? Because of the policies of Ahmet Davutoglu.”
The analyst then spoke about the US’ policies in the Middle East, including the Plan B and also discussed the leaked telephone call between President Obama and Turkish President Erdogan.
“Regarding the US Plan B, I am concerned that it may mean dividing Syria into East and West of Euphrates. I think that is the US agenda in Syria. There is a secret agenda of the US in Syria. We don’t trust American policies in the Arab world.”