Friday 26 February 2016

America's "Plan B" - partition Syria

Washington Trying to Ruin Syria Ceasefire Deal: Moscow

Washington Trying to Ruin Syria Ceasefire Deal: Moscow

25 February, 2016

Russia says the United States seeks to wreck a recently brokered ceasefire agreement in Syria, underlining, however, that the truce process is currently going on.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a news briefing in Moscow on Thursday that “some US officials” had tried to “sabotage” the truce deal “by interpreting it from such cardinally different points.”

By and large, a number of [US] officials in fact attempted to call into question the agreements reached, which were approved by the two presidents” of the US and Russia, Zakharova dded.

On Monday, Washington and Moscow said the ceasefire has been planned to take effect in Syria on February 27. The following day, however, US Secretary of State John Kerry said that in case a political transition fails to unfold in Syria, Washington has a slew of “Plan B” options.

Despite the reports which started coming from Washington, we are in contact with the American representatives, the process is underway, and is quite active. We are working on the implementation of the main provisions of the agreement,” the Russian diplomat said.

Elsewhere in her remarks, Zakharova stressed that Syrian Kurdish forces must take part in the ceasefire deal in the conflict-ridden country.

We believe that Kurdish representatives should participate in this group [group of the Syrian opposition] and this necessity is proved everyday on the ground in Syria,” she stated.

The comments come against a backdrop of Turkey’s insistence on the exclusion of Syrian Kurdish forces from the ceasefire plan in the crisis-hit state.

Syria Ceasefire Deal: A Cynical Ploy by Washington’s ‘Coalition’ to Buy Time for Terrorists

This latest diplomatic development certainly appears positive on its surface, this week’s declared ‘Syrian Ceasefire’ – a three-way agreement between Washington, Russia and the Syrian government (and begrudgingly by the West’s other regional ‘stakeholders’) looks increasingly like it may just be the latest attempt to buy time – so that Washington, Turkey and Saudi Arabia can re-arm and replenish various militant fighting groups currently laying waste to Syria.
Since the entrance of the Russian Air Force into the Syrian conflict theatre last October, the Washington-led Axis has gradually lost proxy-control of a number of key terrorist strongholds in Northern Syria, namely in Aleppo, and thus are unable to dictate crucial ‘facts on the ground’ required to dictate the international media and political narratives. Unable to craft and package these narratives, the West and its dubious ‘coalition’ are completely unable to sell an escalation of military violence in Syria.

The fact that the Washington Axis has already threatened to move to a ‘Plan B‘ – even before the agreement has been implemented, indicates that this diplomatic effort may in fact be ‘dead on arrival’. Before the ink was even dry on the agreement, sources inside the CIA and the Pentagonwent public with a preemptive statement claiming that, ‘Russia cannot be trusted to uphold the ceasefire’. The scene is now set.

Watch as 21WIRE founder and editor Patrick Henningsen speaks to Sean Thomas from RT International about why the ceasefire deal may not survive the spring…

No Plan B for Syrian settlement’ – Russian Foreign Ministry

Su-24 bombers of the Russian Aerospace Forces at the Khmeimim airbase in Syria. © Dmitriy Vinogradov

25 February, 2016

Moscow is not discussing alternative plans for a political settlement in Syria, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov has said. The Russian-American peace initiative is going to be formalized through a UN Security Council resolution.

We’re perplexed by our Western partners, the US included, mentioning the existence of some kind of ‘Plan B,’ Nothing is known on that one, we are considering no alternative plans,” Bognanov told the ‘Middle East: From violence to security’ conference in Moscow.

On February 22, Russian and American presidents simultaneously announced that an agreement on peaceful plan for Syria had been reached, coming into force on February 27, at midnight Damascus time.

Terrorist organizations such as Islamic State and Al-Nusra Front are not included in the ceasefire and will continue to be attacked until their complete annihilation, the Russian president said in a statement dedicated to the Syrian true.

Partition of Syria part of ’Plan B’ if ceasefire fails - Kerry

Commenting on the ambiguous so-called “Plan B” mentioned by US Secretary of State John Kerry, President Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said that Russia’s priority remains “carrying out the plan, the initiative that has been voiced by the two presidents [Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama].”

Damascus has no idea about an American “Plan B” either, said Bouthaina Shaaban, a political and media adviser to the President Assad.

I don’t know whether these [Plan B] statements were made to apply pressure [on Damascus], anyway, it should not be put on the Syrian government, which has agreed on the Russian-American initiative,” Shaaban told RT.

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The roadmap for bringing end to violence in Syria is going to be put on paper at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), Mikhail Bogdanov also said.

Such a document, possibly formalized as a UNSC resolution, is likely to be ready “within days,” a high-ranking Russian diplomat said.

Moscow is concerned with the declared intentions to create a buffer zone on the Turkish-Syrian border and attempts to pull together a military bloc for a ground invasion into Syria. The aims and international legitimacy of such plans raise “grave concern,” the diplomat said.

The Deputy FM also referred to the idea promoted by President Vladimir Putin about forming a “broad antiterrorist front” with the central role of the UNSC and participation of Syrian and Iraqi armies, Kurdish self-defense forces, armed patriotic Syrian opposition and involvement of the regional and global players.

The developments [in Syria] show that the necessity for a broad front is only growing,” Bogdanov said.

All armed groups that want to join the ceasefire agreement are due to lodge a request by noon, February 26. Mikhail Bogdanov acknowledged that such requests from the Syrian oppositions indeed have been filed.
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Moscow does work with Damascus to ensure introduction of the armistice and expects Washington to do the same with the US allies and opposition groups Washington has influence on, Bogdanov stressed.

The diplomat also hopes that Russian and American militaries will define collectively the areas, where armed groups that comply with the ceasefire agreement are operating, to add them to a no-strike list.

Mixed Messages: Kerry, top US generals have different opinions on Russia

Syria in the Crosshairs: “The Syrian People are Against any Plans to Partition Syria!”

21st Century

25 February, 2016

The Syrian people have fought for five years against any partition plans for Syria.  The Syrian people do not want any partition in Syria and I am sure they will succeed to keep the territorial integrity and unity of Syria.”

Dr Bouthaina Shaaban, outspoken media advisor to Syrian President Bashar al Assad, tears into John Kerry’s Plan B statement, to partition Syria.  In an interview with RT, Dr Shaaban categorically rejects any possibility of the Syrian people accepting any partitioning plans being proposed by Kerry or of course, Israel.

It may be too late to keep it as a whole Syria if we wait much longer,” Kerry told the US Senate foreign relations committee on February 23d.

Of course, we know this is not plan B.  It has been plan A from day one, not only in Syria but across the region.

Prior to the Saudi-led coalition war of aggression against Yemen, the Saudis had persuaded their marionette , former President Mansour Hadi to accept their partitioning plan for Yemen. Yemen would be divided into 6 states along sectarian and tribal lines that would ensure inter state conflict for years to come and successfully isolate the Ansar’Allah thorn in their side in a landlocked and resource deprived state in the centre of the country, Azal.

Ansar’Allah and the majority of the Yemeni people rejected this plan in favour of a return to the two state confederacy which would have given the South its much sought after autonomy.

The Ansarullah movement and the Southern Separatist movement were both in favour of a confederal state system where Yemen would be divided into north and south existing within a federal state.  Most of us were ok with that.

Jamal Benomar, the former UN peace envoy to Yemen, stated very openly that the warring factions were actually reaching an agreement before the first bomb hit.

When this campaign started, one thing that was significant but went unnoticed is that the Yemenis were close to a deal that would institute power-sharing with all sides, including the Houthis,” said Mr. Benomar, a Moroccan diplomat. Thus it becomes obvious that our aspirations are being sacrificed at the altar of Imperialist greed and ambition.” ~ Yemen A Voice in the Wilderness
It is the determination of the Yemeni people to reject an externally imposed sectarianism in place of the secularism that has been the mainstay of their society for centuries, that has provoked the vicious and brutal Saudi punishment,  rained down upon them for almost a full year, with the blatant complicity of NATO, the US and the UN.
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Lets go back to October 2015.  “The Panel on “The Shared 21st Century International Mission”featuring CIA Director John Brennan, former UK MI6 Chief John Sawers, Director of the French Directorate for External Security Bernard Bajolet, and former Israeli National Security Advisor Yaacov Amidror. Moderated by David Ignatius, Columnist at the Washington Post. Held as part of the 2nd Annual Ethos and Profession of Intelligence Conference, co-hosted by the Central Intelligence Agency and the George Washington University. Held on October 27, 2015.”

When I look at Libya, Syria, Iraq and Yemen, it’s hard for me to envision a central government in those countries that’s going to be able to exert control or authority over the territory that was carved out post World War II.”  ~ John Brennan CIA Director

The Middle East we have known is over, I doubt it will come back.  We see that Syria is already divided on the ground, that the regime is controlling only a small part of the country, only one-third of the country which was established after WWII.  The north is controlled by the Kurds. We have the same thing in Iraq, I doubt really that one can come back to the previous situation.” ~ Bernard Bajolet, head of France’s DGSE external intelligence agency.

Dr Bouthaina Shaaban is not responding to a disingenuous comment from John Kerry but to an agenda that has been in the pipeline since the formulation of the Oded Yinon Plan by Israel.

[The Yinon plan] is an Israeli strategic plan to ensure Israeli regional superiority. It insists and stipulates that Israel must reconfigure its geo-political environment through the balkanization of the surrounding Arab states into smaller and weaker states.

Israeli strategists viewed Iraq as their biggest strategic challenge from an Arab state. This is why Iraq was outlined as the centerpiece to the balkanization of the Middle East and the Arab World. In Iraq, on the basis of the concepts of the Yinon Plan, Israeli strategists have called for the division of Iraq into a Kurdish state and two Arab states, one for Shiite Muslims and the other for Sunni Muslims. The first step towards establishing this was a war between Iraq and Iran, which the Yinon Plan discusses.

The Atlantic, in 2008, and the U.S. military’s Armed Forces Journal, in 2006, both published widely circulated maps that closely followed the outline of the Yinon Plan. Aside from a divided Iraq, which the Biden Plan also calls for, the Yinon Plan calls for a divided Lebanon, Egypt, and Syria. The partitioning of Iran, Turkey, Somalia, and Pakistan also all fall into line with these views. The Yinon Plan also calls for dissolution in North Africa and forecasts it as starting from Egypt and then spilling over into Sudan, Libya, and the rest of the region.” ~ Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya

Dr Bouthaina Shaaban is responding to the threats against Syria and the region, with familiar passion and strength of character that has come to symbolize the resolve of the Syrian people in the face of a multi layered war of aggression being waged against it by over 80 hostile nations and their proxy armies of mercenaries and terrorists.

Russia unaware of US “Plan B” for Syria

The Syrian government says it is determined to defeat terrorism and protect the country's territorial integrity.This, in reaction to the comments of US Secretary of State John Kerry, who has said it would be hard to hold Syria together if the fighting in the country did not stop. Moscow says it’s unaware of Washington’s plan B in Syria if a ceasefire agreement, hammered by the two sides, fails to work. A source in the Russian Foreign Ministry says the implementation of the agreement has already begun and that the US side should not give up ahead of time. John Kerry has called the partitioning of Syria part of Washington’s plan B if the ceasefire deal fails to work. He also warned that the US will resort to plan B if a shift to a transitional government does not take place in the coming months.

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