Syrian Rebels Skeptical On Peace Talks

U.S., Russia Seek New Syria Peace Talks; Rebels Skeptical -- Reuters

(Reuters) - Russia and the United States agreed to seek new peace talks with both sides to end Syria's civil war, but opposition leaders were skeptical on Wednesday of an initiative they fear might let President Bashar al-Assad to cling to power.

Visiting Moscow after Israel bombed targets near Damascus and as President Barack Obama faces renewed calls to arm the rebels, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Russia had agreed to try to arrange a conference as early as this month.

An East-West disagreement that has seen some of the frostiest exchanges between Washington and Moscow since the Cold War has deadlocked U.N. efforts to settle the Syrian conflict for two years, so any rapprochement could bring an international common front closer than it has been for many months.

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My Comment:
I am very skeptical that these talks will accomplish anything. Assad does not want to relinquish power. The Syrian rebels want to see Assad gone. The Russians are going to continue to supply the rebels. And the U.S. does not want to make the hard decision to supply and support the rebels. In short .... there is no reason to believe that the fighting is going to end.

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