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Quantifying the carnage: Hegemonic interests fueling Syrian war

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World leaders have renewed their calls for a cessation of hostilities in Syria after meeting in Vienna, hoping to restart peace talks aimed at halting Syria’s civil war.

The meeting in the Austrian capital on Tuesday was led by John Kerry, US secretary of state; Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister; and Staffan de Mistura, UN special envoy to Syria, as well as other leaders from the 17-nation International Syria Support Group (ISSG). They confirmed their support for an end to the violence and the need for immediate humanitarian access to besieged communities inside Syria. While the parties involved did not set a date for the next round of peace talks, Kerry said the gathering in Vienna was a step in the right direction.”All the parties … have agreed on a basic framework which is a united, non-sectarian Syria that is able to choose its future through a transitional governing body,” he said. This conflict has spawned displacement and starvation for millions of Syrians should be reason enough for the immediate re-enforcement of a ceasefire agreement, especially given the deepening of sectarian sentiments — Alawites are identified with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Sunnis with the opposition. With questions being raised about the Middle East’s political and religious polarisation, the Arab nations must demonstrate political and moral leadership, uniting on a single platform —perhaps breathing life into the moribund Arab League or OIC — to push for peace. De-escalating support for regional militant/sectarian proxies, if only for the sake of the Syrian people, must be the call of the moment. Since talks began last October, divisive superpower politics have further thwarted a truce. Rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia, as well as Russia and the US, have yet to agree on a common agenda for peace. And while the US should be reminded that any ill-conceived removal of Mr Assad will strengthen Sunni jihadi militancy, Russia’s and Iran’s refusal to consider an alternative to the status quo will only strengthen the impasse. Lost in the maze of politics is the core issue: the plight of the Syrian people, living through a protracted civil war, is worsening by the day. Quantifying the carnage, the Syrian Centre for Policy Research estimates war fatalities at 470,000 ie 11.5pc of the country’s population has been killed since 2011. This crisis will end when global and regional players stop catering to their own hegemonic interests. Until then, we will see the knock-out effect of the population displacement, with the war destined to gradually reshape the region and beyond.

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