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Nasser Judeh

Nasser Judeh

Nasser Judeh

French sources said that Jordan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Judeh was assigned by his country to prepare a report that lists active terrorist organizations and groups in Syria. Judeh explained to his peers that the report actually includes three categories: the first one titled “Red” representing globally recognized terrorist organizations including ISIS and al-Nusra Front, the second category “Green” comprising of opposition movements and groups that aren’t classified as terrorists and the third category called “Grey” representing all groups that ranging between the above mentioned categories yet remain with undefined orientation.

Moreover western countries presented similar reports that included a range of 5-10 organizations each, while Russia put forth a report that counted up to 22 alleged terrorist organizations.

The true challenge today is for both Jordan along with rest of the global community to reach a unanimous agreement resulting in one report that sets the standard for which classification is based.

Achieving a standard scale that defines who is a terrorist and who’s not would be important for the Syrian Opposition in the upcoming second Geneva negotiations.

Another challenge is represented by arranging a mechanism to enforce the cease fire proposed by UN’s Envoy on Syria, De Mistura. Even if arranged the commitment to the cease fire by fighters remains a matter of question.

According to France, the cease fire should coincide with the political course of developments, yet reality continues to suggest otherwise and calls on realizing that an immediate and effective cease fire is virtually out of reach, the only option we can be hoping for is a relative reduction of violence.