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Syria expects political solution to prolonged crisis during Obama's second term

English.news.cn   2012-11-08 17:50:52            
 • Syrian media expressed expectation that the U.S. administration would consider a political solution.
 • The state-run newspaper al- Baath said that "there is no way that Obama could come to a war ..."
 • Faisal al-Mikdad said the United States is still incapable of any new intervention in any part of the world...

DAMASCUS, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- Syrian state-run newspaper al- Baath expressed Thursday expectation that the U.S. administration would consider a political solution to the Syria crisis after the re-election of President Barack Obama.

"As for the Syrian crisis, it is expected that the U.S. administration under Obama's second term would consider the political solution in general and the Geneva Convention specifically," al-Baath said in an editorial titled "What after Obama's victory".

The paper attributed its expectation to a number of factors, mainly "Obama's rejection to thrust his country into a new war after what he had hinted in his victory speech when he said 'a decade of war is ending'."

"After breathing a sigh of relief when his troops had left Iraq. .. Obama will not think of a new military adventure that could inflame the entire region," the paper said.

It also cited Obama's concentration on addressing his country's internal woes, particularly its sluggish economy. "There is no way that Obama could come to a war that would further exterminate the ailing U.S. economy," the paper elaborated.

"Obama has admitted that America is no longer the only superpower in the world, and that the international system has become a multi-polar one, meaning that it is no longer easy for Washington to act outside the UN Security Council," the paper contended.

The last factor, the paper said, is that the United States can no longer overlook the serious role of Jihadists and Takfiri groups in the Syrian crisis.

Al-Baath concluded as saying that "Obama's second term would probably see an international agreement on a political resolution of the Syrian crisis."

Meanwhile, state-run Tishreen daily said in an op-ed Thursday that the U.S. administration should "reconsider its policy that is based on the intervention in the affairs and the sovereignty of other states, and to replace it, instead, with a policy of building reciprocal relationships with all countries based on cooperation, good relations and common interests as well as respecting the sovereignty of the nations."

Another government-run newspaper al-Thawra daily said that "the new Obama may not differ much from the old Obama... but he may be different to the extent of rotating toward the promises of his victory speech."

Meanwhile, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Mikdad told BBC that what is demanded from Obama now is to find "fair solutions for the issues of the Middle East after the fatal mistakes that have been committed by the U.S. administration over the past two years in the region."

"Our people expect that the U.S. would be conducive -- through the upcoming phase -- in finding just solutions to the Middle East, " he was quoted as saying.

Regarding the possibility of a foreign military intervention in Syria, Mikdad contended that the United States is "still incapable of any new intervention in any part of the world... and we expect the United States, in light of the new circumstances, not to undertake such a step because it would be devastating."


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Editor: Bi Mingxin
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