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Die Presse - Austria | Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Conflict must be resolved away from Syria

Just before the Syria peace conference begins on Wednesday, UN Secretary General Ban-Ki-moon has withdrawn the invitation to Iran to join in the talks. Whichever way you look at it, the Syria conflict is a proxy war between the Gulf states and Iran and must be resolved elsewhere, the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse concludes: "Tehran and the Gulf monarchies must settle their dispute away from the Syria talks, in their own (secret) negotiations. But there seems to be little will to do so. Iran is not ready to lower its ambitions in the region. And the Arab Gulf states are angry and worried that the US and the Europeans are approaching Tehran once more on the nuclear issue. This is why they're more determined than ever to 'contain' Iran. The US seems not to be strong enough right now to force both sides to an agreement. The victims of this state of affairs are the people of Syria. They have no reason to hope that the madness of the war will end soon."

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