The UN security council has adopted a resolution to support the fragile ceasefire currently in order in the war torn country. The great hope for the resolution is that it finally allows significant humanitarian efforts to get in to the country and assist those who need it the most.
Though it has been reported that there’s been significant bombing by the government forces on rebel held areas, putting the ceasefire in major jeopardy as it appears that they have no intention of keeping to the agreement.
The war claimed the lives of an estimated 50,000 people in 2016, so any hope of a ceasefire is a positive thought, though seemingly only a thought at the minute considering government forces have continued to advance on rebel held areas, and continued shelling. The war overall has claimed the lives of 250,000, and all sides wish to see a swift end to the conflict.
If the ceasefire continues then it is expected that the leaders of all sides will meet in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. The talks will be mediated by Russia, Turkey and Iran. Three of the regions major players have significant hands in the conflict and will be more than interested in the outcome of the negotiations. Currently the US isn’t involved, but it is believed that will change with the inauguration of Donald Trump. Trump is seen as less hostile to the conflict than Obama, who had openly backed the rebels and not entered in to any significant dialogue with Russia on the issue, who had openly backed the Syrian government.
But the fractious settlement is mostly dependent on all sides sticking to the ceasefire, and increasingly that seems unlikely. Though both sides are accusing the other of breaking the agreement, and that they’re only reacting in kind to acts of provocation. Syrian government forces have claimed that they’re not attacking rebels, but instead carrying on their fight with ISIS. But that face that these bombing campaigns are taking place in rebel held areas makes the claims somewhat suspicious.
Though it is hopeful that Syria may finally find an end to its vicious and horrific civil war. But it will take a significant effort by all sides to put down the weapons and try and find a democratic way to move forward.
Joseph is a 34 year old freelance writer from London. He has a wide interest in politics and specialises in the subject. He's also a blog writer in his spare time.