By Peter Koenig and Press TV
Transcript of a PressTV
Interview – Following a live press
Conference by the Foreign Ministers of
Russia, Iran and Turkey at the UN
The UN Special Envoy for Syria, Geir
Pedersen, said here on Monday that the
Constitutional Committee’s launch should be a sign
of hope for the long-suffering Syrian people.
October 30, 2019 "Information
Clearing House" - Speaking at a press conference on Monday,
Pedersen said that the creation of the
Constitutional Committee is a shared promise to the
Syrian people to try in earnest to agree on new
constitutional arrangements for Syria’s future.
Russia, Iran and Turkey have stressed that Syrian
constitutional committee must work independently
from any foreign intervention to gain maximum
support from the people in the Arab country.
Sergey Lavrov was reading a joint statement made
by Moscow, Tehran and Ankara ahead of a meeting of
Syria’s constitutional committee in Geneva. Lavrov
also highlighted the importance of Syria’s unity and
territorial integrity. He expressed the readiness of
Russia, Iran and Turkey to cooperate with the United
Nation’s special envoy for Syria to facilitate the
work of the constitutional committee. Lavrov urged
the volunteer and safe return of Syrian refugees to
their homeland. The Russian foreign minister also
described the presence of the U-S troops in Syrian
oil fields as illegal.
PressTV: How would you assess
the Launch of the Syrian Constitutional Committee –
and the Conclusion of the Press Conference?
Peter Koenig: The Constitutional
Committee —- is a good initiative, of course. And as
Mr. Pederson says,
“Syrians, not outsiders, will draft the
constitution. And the Syrian people must popularly
approve it.”– This is an absolute must.
But we should not forget – and I do not think
this is a coincidence, that President Trump just
decided to leave troops in Syria – under whatever
pretext is unimportant.
And I do not think that he wants to either
protect nor steel Syrian oil.
What he wants is remaining with a sizable – and
flexible – military presence in Syria.
Let’s backtrack to 2008 and then 2011 – when the
CIA first recruited, trained, funded and armed the
terror groups in 2008 up to 2011 – when they
launched the so-called “civil war” – as part of the
Arab Spring – which as we all know, has nothing to
do with a civil war, but it’s a US mercenary war
against the legitimate Syrian Government.
Why is it important to remember this?
Because, Washington has made it its goal to
ultimately control Syria – Syria is part of the list
countries mentioning in the PNAC (Plan for a New
American Century) that must fall – in order for the
US to reach full global hegemony. To reach that
goal, the Middle East is a key square on the
geopolitical Chess Board.
This should always remain in the back of the
heads of those who negotiate and draft the new
Constitution – the idea of new Constitution is good,
but even if all parties agree, it will only be
possible to apply it when the US leaves Syria. That
is a must.
So, while the negotiations and drafting of the
Constitution goes on, observed by Russia, Iran, and
Turkey and of course the UN – it is extremely
important that the US leaves Syria – letting Syria
take full and sovereign control of her territory.
PressTV: It is an important part
of the validity of the new Constitution that Syria
gains full sovereignty over her territories. What if
the US won’t leave?
PK: That is precisely the point.
The US is not likely to leave voluntarily – as we
just have vivid proof. They stay under any pretext –
as it is and remains their goal to achieve regime
change in Syria and dominate this crucial pivotal
Middle East country, called Syria.
And more so, as the US does not even have an
observer role in the drafting of the new
Constitution, unlike, Russia, Iran and Turkey – and
of course the UN.
Washington could easily disrupt the process by
launching again a false flag attack, by
re-mobilizing the ISIS / Al Qaeda terror, or by
calling NATO to “secure and protect” the Syrian oil
fields. There is no shortage of potential
interference by the US.
This is not to put a negative spell on the
process of the Constitutional Committee. But let’s
be conscious of the dangers, while this worthwhile
initiative is moving forward.
The designated observers’ awareness and constant
presence in Geneva and in Syria, is, therefore, of
utmost importance. Let’s it also be reminded, Russia
and Iran are invited in Syria by President Assad,
the presence of the US is illegitimate. Peace can be
secured only once the US leaves Syria, be that by
diplomatic or economic pressure. For the America,
leaving Syria is like stepping back from their
objective of Middle East and world hegemony. And
that does not come voluntarily.
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