News ID: 8655
Publish Date: 02 July 2012 - 10:26
The United States does not favor an end to the turmoil in Syria since Washington seeks its own interests in “leading problems” in the Arab country, a political analyst said.

Malaz Miqdad from Damascus said on Sunday that the US is "always interested in leading problems in a way that serves its interests.”

He added that a halt to the violence is "a basic element” for a political process to begin in Syria, but Washington remains opposed to any solution that would put an end to the deadly unrest.

The United States is still interfering in the internal affairs of Syria, and it "even opposed the final statement of the Geneva meeting,” Miqdad stated, referring to a meeting on the Syrian issue held at the United Nations office in Geneva on June 30.

Diplomats meeting in Geneva reached an agreement on a Syria-led transitional governing body that could include members of the current Syrian government and the opposition.

The foreign ministers of Russia, China, Britain, France, Turkey, Qatar, Kuwait, and Iraq, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi, and the secretary of state of the United States attended the meeting.

UN-Arab League envoy to Syria Kofi Annan said the participants of the Geneva meeting agreed that the transitional governing body in Syria "could include members of the present government and the opposition and other groups, and shall be formed on the basis of mutual consent.”

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said after the meeting that Washington did not see any role for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the new government, even though there was no explicit call for him to step down.

"Assad will still have to go. He will never pass the mutual consent test,” Clinton stated.

A Damascus resident said on Sunday that some Western states "rush to participate in international meetings” to help terrorists fighting against the Syrian government "whenever armed groups are weak.”

"The Syrians do not want any imported solution from abroad. We do not acknowledge the Syrian opposition abroad. We do not accept their participation in the political life in Syria,” said another Damascus resident.

The foreign ministers of Russia and China said after the June 30 meeting that any decision on a transition of power in Syria should only be made by the Syrian people.

The anti-Syria Western governments have been calling for the Syrian president to step down, but Russia and China remain strongly opposed to the Western drive to oust Assad.

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