"With regard to political solutions, matters appear to be at a dead-end given the regional and international balances [of power] which prevent reaching an initiative or a mediation that can open the door to a solution that could be fair to the opposition and relieves the regime," Khoury said. "This matter was confirmed by a Syrian official yesterday when he denied reports about Russian-Iranian coordination in search of a roadmap or a scenario to find a solution that can satisfy the regime and the opposition," he added. Khoury said Syria counted on Russia and Iran to prevent international intervention that could reflect positively on the opposition's status. "Russia, which has sent its ships to the [Syrian] port of Tartous to maintain its last foothold in the 'warm waters,' is blocking the Security Council's doors to any American and European attempts to internationalize the Syrian crisis," he said.
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|Title Annotation:||ARAB OPINIONS|
|Publication:||The Weekly Middle East Reporter (Beirut, Lebanon)|
|Date:||Jan 13, 2012|
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