Diplomatic Opening for Iran Can Help End Syria Crisis

Article by Lord Owen published on Global Vision 23 September, 2013

LONDON — The eyes of the world are focused on the U.N. in New York this week in an amazing turnabout in international politics. We could have been in the midst of a Middle East war with the U.S. and France having attacked Syria, triggering resumed fighting across the border of southern Lebanon and Israel. Instead, the U.N. is back on center stage, the Security Council is functioning again, and its five permanent powers are in a constructive dialogue over chemical weapons in Syria for the first time in two and a half years.

And in an immensely encouraging sign, we have the presence in New York of the new president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, clearly intent on improving relations with the U.S. and President Obama and talking the language of peace on how to accommodate Iran’s right to have a civil nuclear power program with respected non-proliferation treaty safeguards to prevent the manufacture of nuclear weapons…

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