BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 P.M.) – The upcoming Syrian peace conference that is scheduled to be held in the Kazakh capital of Astana on February 14th is expected to lay out the future of the country.

According to a government source in Damascus, the upcoming Astana Peace Conference will focus on several important issues that will deal with Syria’s territorial integrity.

The source said some of the following topics will be discussed among the Turkish, Russian, Iranian, and Syrian government and opposition delegations:

  • Potential joint Russian-Turkish-Iranian Idlib operation
  • Turkish safe zone in northern Syria
  • Wide-scale prisoner exchange between government and opposition
  • Constitutional committee
  • Future presidential elections (2021)
  • Refugee repatriation

The outcome of the first two topics could create a potential Sykes-Picot like break up of the country, especially with the northern part of the country falling under Turkish influence.

However, with no Kurdish political party present, any deal regarding the future of the territories governed by the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) will no doubt be rejected by the latter.

The Syrian government is trying to regain control of the entire country; however, as long as Turkish troops remain present in northern Syria, their territorial borders will remain limited to any zone influenced by Ankara.

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2019-02-09 00:01

You must be doing a copious dinner with serious French wine and draw lines with a ruler on a map to do a Sykes-Picot job! Seems that some are very optimistic about their grim projects : French already they wouldn’t withdraw from YPG-controlled areas and with Senate opposing US withdrawal and Congress likely to over-rule Trump soon. Many seem not to get that in democracies, parliament over-rules the Prez or PM, this is even partly why these are democracies… So it may not be EZ, if not impossible, to take Rojava from a reluctant SDF/YPG/PYD 😉 They may end having… Read more »

Nestor Arapa
Nestor Arapa
2019-02-09 02:57

La posición del gobierno Sirio debe ser tajante con respecto a la ocupación Turca en territorio Sirio.
Si no estuviera Turquía en el medio, hace rato el ejercito Sirio junto con Hezbola y FDN hubiesen vencido a los terroristas.