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The Amman Declaration on Syria'




(MENAFN - Alghad Newspaper)

As of yesterday, Sunday, the cease-fire agreement in South-West Syria is in effect.

The agreement, announced in Amman, was not the product of some momentary spring of judgment or reason.

On contraire, it was borne through long, tiring efforts to bring the parties involved into accord, mainly Jordan, Russia, and the United States.

Jordan was represented by a skilled and experienced team of diplomats and politicians, to put above all else the Kingdom's interests and security, and the vast benefit of the Syrians.

Tirelessly, Jordan has endeavoured without fail to stop the bloodshed and help make safe and possible the refugees journey back home, in the future.

Deterioration throughout Syria, and the recurrent failures to found a comprehensive solution to the crisis, cast a long shadow over the whole situation.

In such darkness, the agreement sounds like a political breakthrough, a glimmering sparkle of light.

On the mid-term, it may constitute a pivoting point for the crisis to allow for the prospects of establishing safe zones all throughout the country.

It leaves way for further Russo-American efforts could expedite the realisation of low-tension areas in Syria.

That said, the Amman Accord on Syria has become an important Syrian and international event for a variety of other reasons.

Chief of those reasons are three;

First, the agreement coincided with the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, the first summit to bring together US and Russian presidents.

In light of the discord in views between the US and Russia, as well as between the US and the European Union, the Amman Declaration restored some hope for the future.

Likely, the Accord may provide a steppingstone for the shoring up of ties between the poles of the world.

Russia's president, Putin, saw the Declaration as an important breakthrough in the Syria Crisis, and an indicator that further agreement with the US is indeed possible.

Armed with diplomacy and wisdom, Amman's role was the catalyst for the realisation of this breakthrough in Russo-American relations.

For years, King Abdullah II has maintained that convergence between the two, the US and Russia, is all but crucial for any future breakthroughs in the Syrian situation.

Second, the agreement affirms the long doubted stand that Jordan will not intervene in Syria militarily.

Likewise, it resounds Jordan's commitment and respect to the unity of Syria's people and political geography.

Unlike other players, recklessly meddling in the fate of the Syrian nation, Jordan refrained from doing so.

Both Turkey and Iran, alongside various militias and groups, worked endlessly to secure as much terrain as possible.

Naturally, this complicated the Syrian situation and slimmed the chances of founding a resolution to the crisis.

Both the US and Russia were informed early on in the negotiations that Jordan will not send any troops to Syria under any conditions; not now, nor any time in the future.

The Kingdom's role will stick to protecting the borders and the exercise of political influence to support a permanent ceasefire.

Last, but not least, the agreement highlights the vitality of the South Syrian regions, which have long been neglected by the parties of the conflict; regime and opposition.

It proves that any settlement discarding the weight of the Syrian South will most certainly fail.

Today, without hesitation, international parties declare that the model ceasefire in the South-East is the only applicable option in Syria.

The parties involved in the Syrian North have successively failed to advance a ceasefire or at least lower the tention.

There are obstacles to the implementation of the Accord in the South, surely, and forces on both sides of the conflict seeking to it burn.

Nevertheless, it seems both the Russians and the Americans want to push this Accord forward.

Finally, this will be a decisive test of the leaders' real intents towards working together for a resolution in Syria, after the summit in Hamburg.

This article is an edited translation of the Arabic version, published by AlGhad.

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The Amman Declaration on Syria'

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