“Surely, it would have been important to absolutely stop all military actions long ago, and the conference is designed precisely to stop this bloodshed and address issues concerning the settlement of the crisis through peace negotiations,” Bogdanov told journalists on Tuesday.
The Syrian Free Army, which has declared its disagreement with stopping the hostilities, should be influenced by “international or regional parties that wield influence,” he said.
“There is always the question: what is the reasonable alternative? I don’t know how much the Syrian Free Army is consolidated in terms of some approaches, perhaps there are different views on the situation there. They should be asked what reasonable alternative they have,” he said.
“We hear from absolutely all of our counterparts that everyone has come to a final decision: there is no military solution to the crisis, and a solution can only be political. If someone believes this general conclusion goes against their view, let them say what reasonable way they see,” he said.
Massive toll … Free Syrian Army fighters take positions behind a damaged car during an offensive against forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo. Photo: Malek Alshemali