[gha] Syria negotiations.

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World Citizens Call  for a Ceasefire and Renewed Good-faith Negotiations by 
All Parties in Syria 
Rene  Wadlow* 

World Citizens have called for good-faith negotiations among all the  
parties from the start of the demonstrations in March 2011 which had begun in a 
spirit of non-violence.  Neither the  Government nor the oppositions were 
willing to set an agenda or a timetable for  such good-faith negotiations.  
The  Government held out vague promises for reform but without details and 
without  open discussion among those concerned. As the fighting has escalated, 
the  possibility of good-faith negotiations has increasingly faded, despite 
efforts  by the UN mediators to facilitate such  negotiations. 
Discussion of specific issues for reform or setting an overall agenda  
seems impossible for the moment.  However, there is a growing awareness that 
there is a dangerous stalemate  and that there is no military “solution”. It 
is often at this “stalemate” stage  of a conflict that the parties turn to a 
negotiated compromise.(1)  The dangers of a wider conflict with  more 
States involved are real. Thus the situation requires careful concerted  
The use of chemical weapons in violation of the 1925 Geneva Protocol   
( by Government forces or by the armed oppositions) has  added an 
additional element of danger but not modified the stalemated structure  of the 
Therefore, the Association of World Citizens calls upon the Syrian  
Government, armed oppositions, and representative associations of Syrians to  
initiate a ceasefire followed quickly by good-faith  negotiations. 
The Association of World Citizens calls upon all other States to refrain  
from arming or in other ways strengthening the military capacities of the  
Government’s armed forces and the armed forces of the armed oppositions.  
Other States should, through the United  Nations and through other 
encourage good-faith  negotiations. 
The Association of World Citizens calls upon Non-governmental  
Organizations, both Syrian and international, to facilitate the transition from 
ongoing violence to a situation conducive to creative  dialogue. 
1) See: Louis Kriesberg and Stuart Thorson.(Eds).  Timing the De-Escalation 
of International Conflicts (Syracuse University  Press, 1991) 
*Rene Wadlow, President, Association of World  Citizens 

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