Assad regime forces continue with a crackdown against protesters in the city of Hama, while reports of an agreement with the Arab League to “speed” the rate of reforms continues to be discussed.
Many in the opposition are doubtful that the reform process will actually move forward in a meaningful way, though the calls for massive UN Security Council action against the regime have also stalled, amid Russian concerns that NATO will use such a resolution to start another war.
Russia is pushing an alternative resolution that wouldn’t involve sanctions, and would instead urge talks between the regime and the top figures in the opposition. Syria’s opposition has already made some efforts to set up a leadership council, but exactly how broad its support is remains unclear.
Though the talks might not yield any results, they appear to be a more practical solution than the Western nations have put forth so far, which is to repeatedly insist reforms are impossible in the hopes that eventually an excuse for military intervention will present itself.
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