If there is no political agreement and a ceasefire, Idlib will become the second Aleppo. Such a statement was made by UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura on Thursday, after a meeting with Foreign Minister of France, Jean-Marc Ayrault in Paris.
It should be mentioned that the statement of Staffan de Mistura sounds quite strange. Earlier, he by all means tried to prevent from solving the situation in Aleppo and to make the Syrian government to cooperate with militants. In fact, however, all his attempts to negotiate with the militants ended with fire, and all proposes of de Mistura often contradicted common sense.
He regularly supported the initiative of the West to impose a no-fly zone over Aleppo. However, this limitation was applied only to the Syrian army and its allies. If we consider that air support allowed government forces to liberate almost the entire city and begin the evacuation of civilians, we can see that de Mistura is extremely interested in supporting the militants.
At the same time, in October, 2016 Staffan de Mistura actively proposed to bring extremists out of Aleppo. He even claimed he was ready to personally accompany Jabhat Fateh al-Sham group if they wanted to leave eastern Aleppo with weapons. He admitted, though, their evacuation from Aleppo had to include official guarantees on behalf of the Syrian government and its allies. It should be mentioned that terrorists rejected the initiative the UN spent so much time and efforts to discuss.
Staffan de Mistura’s failure became evident when some Arab media published news about his possible resignation. Syrians themselves urged him to leave –a petition for his resignation got the support of tens of thousands people.
What did de Mistura mean when he said Syria’s Idlib might become “second Aleppo”? Most likely, he meant that the Syrian troops wouldn’t be able to protect the city. But this will be another defeat of de Mistura. It’s been known for quite a long time that UN and Western efforts are focused not on saving the lives of hundreds of thousands of Syrians but on toppling Bashar al-Assad’s “rejime.”