GENEVA – The Syrian conflict has no military solution. This was stated on Tuesday at a briefing in Geneva, Deputy Assistant Secretary of state special envoy for Syria Joel Rayburn, who called for a de-escalation in the Northeast of the country.
“There can be no military solution to the Syrian conflict, only a political solution,” he said, stressing that the start of the constitutional Committee’s work scheduled for October 30 in Geneva gives the Syrian people hope for a peaceful settlement. “Now the door is open to a peaceful way out of the conflict,” Raeburn said, urging the opposing sides to “stop fighting, come to Geneva and enter the door leading to a political solution.”
Answering questions from reporters, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of state expressed concern about “the continuing dangerous situation in the northeast in Syria.” “That is why we continue to call on the Turkish side to fully implement the provisions of the ceasefire agreement of October 17,” he said.
“And so we call on the regime [the legitimate government of Syria], as well as the Russians, to influence the forces of the regime, not to allow the situation in the North-East to develop into a new conflict that could further destabilize the country.”