Putin/Trump Deal to Carve Up Syria? Not Likely!
by Stephen Lendman
Israeli military intelligence-connected DEBKAfile (DF) suggested Putin and Trump struck a deal “to establish US, Russian and Turkish security zones in Syria…transfer(ing) military control of the country to those three powers.”
DF’s credibility blows hot and cold, at times best to take it with a grain of salt, suspect on this issue. It added Iran and Hezbollah would be required to leave Syria under the above scenario.
It makes no sense, Damascus, Tehran and Hezbollah certain to oppose it. It’s hard imagining Russia agreeing. Throughout years of Obama’s war, Putin and Sergey Lavrov consistently expressed support for Syrian sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Assad insists on it as part of any conflict resolution agreement. So should every responsible leader. Russia is currently involved in helping Syria draft a new constitution, based on suggestions from Damascus, opposition groups and regional countries.
Its draft states, in part, that “the Syrian Republic is an independent democratic sovereign state, based on the principles of people and supremacy of law and equality and social unity and respect of the rights and the liberties of all citizens without any differentiation.”
It says Syrian sovereignty “is united, inviolable and indivisible.” Its territory is “inalienable.” Its state borders can only be changed by national referendum involving “all” its citizens.
It rejects war as a way “to resolve international conflicts.” It prohibits use of its military to suppress its own people. Assad as president and whoever succeeds him is head of state, elected by popular vote, permitted to serve a maximum two seven-year terms.
“The Constitution shall come into force on the day of its official publication following the results of (a nationwide) referendum.”
It says nothing about carving up the country into security zones controlled by Russia, America and Turkey. Any such move would destroy Syrian sovereignty and territorial integrity.
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