Syrian journalist Baha al-Awam said in an article published by al-Arab newspaper that the 13th round of Astana on the Syrian crisis carried messages, not decisions. He stressed that this is not surprising and the crisis as a whole is no longer known decisions for about two years. Since Idlib remained the only disputed area among the international parties concerned, especially the so-called "guarantor" states.
According to the public, Astana's letters started from the list of participating countries, this time the list of Arab attendees has expanded to include Iraq and Lebanon, along with Jordan, the two countries that are open to the Syrian regime and the three "guarantors": Russia, Iran and Turkey
He pointed out that the call of Jordan and Iraq first says that opening up to Damascus and opposing any of the "guarantors" does not open the door to any Arab country wishing to play a role in Syria in the future. He said, "Like Iraq and Lebanon in this round personalities close to Iran's allies in the two countries, and when the presence of neighboring Syrian countries is complete, it means that the return of refugees has become a priority in the crisis, especially with the escalation of campaigns against them in these countries."
He explained that the "platform of Turkey" in the Syrian opposition did not respond to the calls to interrupt the negotiations because of what is happening in Idlib, and went to Astana is not a service to the Syrian cause as it claims, the presence or non-presence of Turkey's platform is determined by Turkish intelligence, not for decision-making but for its implementation. The Syrian parties, both regime and opposition, have lost their right to make decisions in their crisis for many years.
The topics of the new round of negotiations by year involve political messages in themselves. The first is the completion of the long-awaited constitutional committee, and what Astana says is that the committee is ready but will not start its work only in the right time and place.
"All this momentum for the Constitutional Committee made it a major step in the political solution to the crisis. It could be said that the solution was shortened, as if the Syrians were having difficulty in drafting a good constitution for their country and using the whole countries to accomplish this task."
The battles that have been erupting in Idlib for months have been at the top of the agenda of negotiations, of course, they are the core of the dispute between the "Guarantor" countries, and what was in the corridors of Astana is an attempt to rotate corners and redraw the maps of the city and its countryside to accommodate these countries combined.
Will not endorse any new map produced by the new round of negotiations before a summit expected among the leaders of the "Guarantor" in the Turkish capital Ankara. The broad title of the summit will be the "buffer zone" in Syria and under that title decisions will be made.