Syria’s Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil has said that the conflict in his country is “deadlocked”, and that neither government nor opposition could currently win the struggle outright. He made the comments in an interview with a British newspaper published on Friday.
He added the Syrian government will be calling for a ceasefire when a second round of peace talks is convened in Geneva, but currently talking is only going on at the UN.
“Now the test comes. The Security Council must be prepared to act next week. It is vital for the international community to stand up and speak out in the strongest possible terms about the importance of enforceable action to rid the world of Syria’s chemical weapons,” said US Secretary of State John Kerry in his latest statement on the situation.
The UN’s permanent Security Council ambassadors have met to find a way to drive talks forward, The Syrian opposition have continually boycotted talks. They say Bashar al-Assad’s resignation is a precondition for talks.
At the same time, Russia is expressing doubts that Syria will completely fulfil all the terms for its surrender of chemical weapons, although President Putin said on Friday all the early signs were “good” that there would be compliance.