Climbdown on Syria

Print edition : June 28, 2013

Lebanese soldiers inspect a site hit by a rocket in Seriine town in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, on June 1. Most of the at least seven rockets fired into the valley from rebel-controlled Syrian territory landed in empty fields. Photo: REUTERS

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in an interview given to Al-Manar TV, owned by the Hezbollah, on May 30. Photo: AP

The victim of an alleged chemical attack at Khan al-Assal village receiving treatment at a hospital in Aleppo, in a March 19 photograph released by the Syrian official news agency SANA. A U.N. report on Syria said on June 4 that there are 'reasonable grounds' to believe that limited quantities of toxic chemicals have been used as weapons in at least four attacks in Syria’s civil war, but said more evidence is needed to determine the precise chemical agents used or who used them. Photo: AP

As ripples from the Syrian conflict threaten to destabilise pro-Western regimes in the region, the West seems to finally see sense in a negotiated solution.
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