كتب ناصر قنديل Nasser Kandil wrote: Syria wins the round of the Quartet Summit

According to France and Germany, the summit which was held in Istanbul and included
the presidents of Russia, Turkey, France, and the German Chancellor was an opportunity
to barter the European acceptance of ending the discussion on the Syrian presidency in
exchange for meeting the demands of the UN envoy Steffan De Mistura in forming a
constitutional committee and putting it under his authority.
 By virtue of interests Turkey was closer to the European position, every weakening of the
status of the Syrian state in controlling the political process grants Turkey more
importance, because it is the most influential country in the armed groups that remain
outside the borders of the Syrian state and whose the size of their representation can be
expanded at the expense of the Syrian state in the third-third of the commission members
whom De Mistura wants to assign contrary to the insistence of the Syrian state on the
sovereign aspect of the Constitution.
 The final statement of the summit has resolved the political solution and its ceiling. The
Turkish President has linked the issue of the Syrian presidency with the Syrians' will and
has removed it as a negotiating item from the agendas of compromises and negotiation;
he has restricted the political ceiling with the elections on the basis of the new
constitution after its approval. It is known that the result of the elections will be in favor
of the position of the Syrian state and its president.
 The statement has included a call to accelerate the formation of the constitutional
committee, and it has set a deadline for its meetings in the end of the year, it is a deadline
through which De Mistura left his position, which implicitly means the acceptance of
keeping the committee suspended only if De Mistura accepted the Syrian vision to
facilitate his mission.
 Syria wins along with Russia the round of the Quartet Summit.
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2018-11-04
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