Iraq expects no 'miracles' from Syria conference

2013-05-30 13:35

BAGHDAD, May 30, 2013 (AFP) -Iraq's foreign minister said on Thursday that he expects no "miracles" from a proposed peace conference for Syria, but that just holding talks between the regime and the opposition marks progress.

Hoshyar Zebari said that Iraq, which shares a long border with Syria and stands accused by Western powers of turning a blind eye to military equipment being transported through its airspace to support the forces of President Bashar al-Assad, would likely attend the talks.

"I don't think the conference, if it is held, will yield magical results or miracles," Zebari said at a news conference in Baghdad.

"But, if it can start a dialogue process and convene the government, the regime and the opposition in one room to communicate and to talk under international, regional, Arab and Islamic supervision, and launch a future mechanism, then I think the conference would have achieved its goal."

Zebari said Iraq would attend the conference, but added: "Things can change."

The talks would follow up on a meeting of the major powers held in Geneva in June last year that set out a transition process. This time, it would include representatives of Assad and the Syrian opposition.

But whether Iran and Saudi Arabia take part and who will represent the divided Syrian opposition and Assad's government have all clouded preparations for the meeting.

Iraq, meanwhile, has sought to publicly avoid siding with either Assad or the rebels.

The more than two-year uprising in Syria has reportedly left more than 94,000 people dead.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.