MESOP : A WONDERFUL GREAT SURPRISE : On Independence Day, moderate Syrian rebels send warm wishes / Free Syrian Army hopes to celebrate 68th anniversary at ‘Israel’s embassy in Damascus’
By Times of Israel staff April 24, 2015, 2:53 – A long with warm words from world leaders on the occasion of its 67th year of independence, the Israeli government also received on Thursday a surprise letter of congratulations from an unexpected source. The Free Syrian Army, a moderate Syrian opposition group sidelined in recent months by stronger Islamist rebels, sent Israel’s leadership a message expressing hope that next year’s independence celebrations will also take place in an Israeli embassy in Damascus.“We congratulate the powerful state of Israel and its people on its anniversary of independence, and we hope that next year we can participate in the joy of the grand occasion in Israel’s embassy in Damascus,” the group’s foreign affairs official Mousa Ahmed Nabhan stated in the message.
MAP: Military situation in #Idlib Governorate. #Syria – @PetoLucem
MESOP TODAYS ANALYSIS : A NEW PARTNER FOR US IN MIDDLE EAST / THE PARTNER HAS BEEN FOUND ALREADY = TEHRAN !
Thursday, April 23, 2015 – Bipartisan Policy Center – Since the Cold War, the United States and Turkey have had a strong partnership based on shared strategic interests and aspirations towards sharing the same values. This alliance continued even after the collapse of Soviet Union, the geopolitical threat that Washington and Ankara faced together. For the last quarter century Turkey has been touted as the United States’ closest partner in the Middle East, a status cemented by its participation in the 1991 Gulf War, and an example of democracy and stability for the rest of the region. Today, however, the reality is entirely different. No longer is Turkey a dependable U.S. ally; U.S. policy needs to adjust accordingly.
April 24, 2015 – Geneva – The United Nations envoy on refugee issues, Angelina Jolie, is expected to brief the U.N. Security Council on the Syrian refugee crisis on Friday. According to reports, more than four million civilians have escaped war-torn Syria over the past four years. Jolie is briefing the U.N. special envoy to Syria and official refugee chiefs in a meeting of the Security Council. In the past months, Jolie has been visiting Syrian refugee camps in neighboring countries and has held meetings with refugee families and aid workers. Turkey, Iraqi Kurdistan, Jordan and Lebanon are reportedly encountering difficulties while coping with the mounting numbers of Syrian refugees. Syria’s neighbors have been seeking the support of the U.N. Security Council, in playing a more effective role in gaining an international financial support to cover the needs of the Syrian refugees.
Is The UK Government’s Recent “Guidance” To the PYD in Syria-Kurdistan A Cause For Concern?
21 April 2015 / Kurdish Question – Currently, the British government – acting in line with US-determined and Turkish government approved NATO doctrine – is pressurising the Democratic Union Party (PYD) into not only disassociating itself from the PKK (which US-UK and NATO member governments questionably define and categorise as ‘terrorist’), but also unquestionably and unconditionally aligning itself with the highly questionable US-UK-NATO backed “moderate Syrian opposition”. Read all: http://kurdishquestion.com/index.php/insight-research/is-the-uk-government-s-recent-guidance-to-the-pyd-a-cause-for-concern.html
2015-04-24 – mesop / afp – The United Nations said Friday it would host separate talks with rival sides in Syria from May 4 in a bid to kickstart stalled negotiations to end the four-year conflict. “The Geneva consultation invitations have gone out a couple of days ago,” UN spokesman Ahmad Fawzi told reporters, saying the talks would last between four and six weeks and would be at “mostly ambassadorial level and expert level”. The talks, to be hosted by UN peace envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, will take “stock of where we are now, almost three years after the Geneva communique was adopted and ratified”, he said.
Barzani Meets with Yazidis and promise KRG Support Will Continue / Kurdish Yazidis asks Barzani to make Sinjar newest Province
Basnews – 24.04.2015 15:02 – ERBIL – In a meeting with the Iraqi Kurdistan President in April 24th, people from Sinjar, northern Iraq, whose areas are currently under Islamic State (IS) control, have asked for Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani to liberate and establish a new governorate in Sinjar. Qassim Smier, the commander of Yazidi Peshmerga forces on Sinjar mountain confirmed to BasNews that “President Barzani has met with the people of Sinjar on 24th of April to discuss the current situation and latest advances of Peshmerga in those areas against IS militants”.
MESOP TODAYS LETTER TO THE EDITOR BY DAVID ELLIS (UK) – THE STALINIST WESTERN LEFT & THE DROWNING OF REFUGEES
In the drowning refugees the degenerate, neo-Stalinist UK Left has found a cause worthy of it. They wail and weep and gnash their teeth and demand compassion and an end to borders. Do something they bleat but they fail to tell you that they are complicit in the crime. They opposed the Syrian Revolution, a legitimate part of the Arab Spring, against the Butcher Assad on the basis of a pseudo anti-imperialism that sees Putin, yes Putin, as a heroic `counter-hegemon’. They cheered when Congress and Parliament voted to turn their backs on the Syrian people as the tyranny and the fascist ISIS that this decision spawned hacked their way through a nation creating 7.5 million refugees in the process. They insisted that the West do nothing under these circumstances as if the West are renowned for supporting democratic revolutions in their semi-colonies. No, this `left’ are far more comfortable with drowning victims and defeated people than they are with revolution which they actively despise. www.mesop.de
Ruling out the possibility of failing to enter parliament as a party in the June 7 parliamentary elections, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), considered by many as a kingmaker in the coming elections, has said it has no Plan B other than to clear Turkey’s 10 percent parliamentary threshold. “The HDP will clear the threshold. I believe that we will pass the threshold. We don’t have a Plan B. I promise you; if we cannot clear the threshold, on the night of June 7, after the elections, I will deliver my first statement to you, and I will explain what we will say and do,” HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtas said in an interview with Haberturk television channel, when asked what his party would do if it fails to pass the 10 percent threshold needed to enter parliament. www.mesop.de
MESOP FOCUS : By Honar Hama Rasheed, Slemani, Iraqi Kurdistan – Turkey-Iraqi Kurdistan ‘secret agreement’ – A Matter of national security?
SLEMANI, Kurdistan region ‘Iraq’,— An 18-month-old “secret agreement” between Iraqi Kurdistan and Turkey goes for 50 years and potentially affects national security and oil exports. Nobody knows what’s in it but critics suggest it may not have a legal leg to stand on. In November 2013 the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region of Iraq and neighbouring Turkey signed what some have since described as a “secret agreement”. In a speech Iraqi Kurdish Prime Minister, Nechirvan Barzani, announced that the agreement covered several areas of cooperation and that the duration of the cooperation would be 50 years. However he didn’t reveal much, if anything, about what might be in this agreement. And the Turkish side didn’t mention the agreement at all.