Introduction — Feb 2, 2014
They received little media attention at the time but Secretary of State John Kerry’s opening remarks at talks over Syria revealed the true agenda behind the negotiations.
The talks in Geneva weren’t intended to restore peace in Syria, at least as far as the U.S. was concerned. Instead they were being used to pave the way for the installation of a transitional regime in Damascus.
In other words the talks were being used to bring about regime change in Syria.
Unsurprisingly, the Syrian delegation has demanded an apology. While the talks ended on Friday without producing any tangible result. Other than to elicit Kerry’s comments, which revealed America’s true objective in Syria: regime change.
Kerry: No way Assad can be part of new gov’t in Syria
Reuters — Jan 22, 2014
US Secretary of State John Kerry said during opening statements at the Geneva 2 summit that there is no way current Syrian President Bashar Assad can be part of a new transitional government.
Kerry added that Assad cannot regain legitimacy to govern in Syria.
The peace summit opened on Wednesday morning in Montreux, Switzerland and is being attended by high level diplomats from around the world.
‘No direct US-Syria talks unless Kerry apologizes’ – Syrian FM
Russia Today — Feb 1, 2014
The Syrian FM claims to have rejected a US offer of direct talks without the involvement of the opposition “tools” during the Geneva conference over John Kerry’s refusal to apologize for his biased speech. US officials denied seeking such a meeting.
On his way back to Syria, the country’s foreign minister Walid Muallem was asked why hadn’t the Damascus delegation spoken directly with the US without intermediaries from the opposition delegation.
“Frankly, the Americans have asked for that in Montruex and I refused unless Kerry apologizes for the speech he made in the conference,” Walid Muallem told Syrian state media on board a plane bound for Damascus.
Syria’s foreign minister was apparently referring to the opening remarks of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech made in Montreux, Switzerland on January 22, who said that President Bashar Assad lost all legitimacy and cannot be a part of any transitional government.
“There is no way, not possible in the imagination, that the man who has led the brutal response to his own people could regain legitimacy to govern,” Kerry said in that speech. Walid Muallem rebuffed him at the time, saying no outside force had the right to “withdraw legitimacy” from the president or government except for the people of the country.