Syrian President Bashar al-Assad this week nominated Ali Haidar, the new minister of national reconciliation, as his proposed interlocutor for talks with the opposition to be led by Kofi Annan. Haidar, head of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), a secular party, which (unlike another splinter faction) rejected incorporation into the Baath-led National Progressive Front over the past decade, took part in recent parliamentary elections as part of the opposition Popular Front for Change and Liberation coalition.
While in Damascus recently - and before he was appointed minister in the new government - I met Haidar to discuss the developing situation. He laid out his thinking on how it might still be solved, thoughts which could prove instructive if any political dialogue ever sees the light of day under his stewardship.
Despite criticism thrown his way for his willingness to
6 commentsRead more…
Europeans are losing faith in the EU
Europe can rescue the two-state solution
27 countries in search of a proper security strategy
How Europe can help Egypt
Understanding the influence of the Gulf States
A new era for EU-Georgia relations?
What next for Egypt, Tunisia and Libya?
What does China think about the island dispute?
A comprehensive evaluation of European foreign policy
How the euro crisis has affected politics in 14 EU member states
Do EU sanctions work?