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What this all means is that the world will see an extra week or so of BS by the opposition ending up with the opposition forces (US/UK/France/GCC/Turkey/NATO/Israel) claiming that the Assad Government has not kept the "agreement" and on that basis using military force against Syria. This will, of course, kick off a massive and very bloody regional war that is highly apt to quickly become the Third World War.
A crunch meeting in Geneva agreed that the transitional government "could include members of the present government and the opposition and other groups and shall be formed on the basis of mutual consent," Annan said.
"New" Annan Plan embodies Russian - American stalemate on Syria's Assad ~ link ~ The issue is 'regime overthrow' and the Russians and Chinese and Syrians say NO; the Americans, British, French, Israelis, GCC nations and Turkey say YES. The stalemate continues and the Crisis Talks have failed but they are covered in diplomatic BS to make it look like something was actually accomplished. In reality the Russians gave the opposition a Libyan-like opportunity, to claim various lies in the near future about what the "agreement" requires, in return for not being blamed for the failure of the Talks. This likely adds a week to perhaps several weeks of back-and-forth diplomatic talk before all-out war begins. Stirling
Syrians must determine their own destiny, Russia and China say ~ link ~ Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi announced their countries’ stances after a meeting on the situation in Syria at the United Nations office in Geneva on Saturday.
Lavrov said that Moscow had convinced other parties to accept that Syrians should make the decision on any transition and that no party should be excluded from the process.
"How exactly the work on a transition to a new stage is conducted will be decided by the Syrians themselves," he said, adding, "There are no demands to exclude from this process any one group. This aspect had been present in many of our partners' proposals. We have convinced them that this is unacceptable.”
Yang also emphasized the need for an all-Syrian solution to the crisis, noting that "outsiders cannot make decisions for the Syrian people."
I do this blog every day, seven days a week, and I am going to take a couple days with a reduced workload, so I am not doing any further updates today. Tim Earl of Stirling