Arab press: Constitutional committee to no avail, European pressure on Turkey

​​​​​​​Observers believe that the Syrian government’s holding of the parliamentary elections demonstrated the uselessness of the so-called constitutional committee, while the international diplomatic movement intensified in order to reach a political solution in Libya controlling the military escalation, while experts said that the international community is convinced that the warning tone no longer works. With Turkey.

The Arab newspapers touched upon the so-called elections of the Syrian People's Assembly, in addition to the Libyan situation, and international pressure on Turkey.

Al-Bayan: an unknown fate of the Constitutional Committee in Syria

The Arab newspapers issued this morning dealt with several issues in the Syrian issue, the most prominent of which were the so-called elections for the Syrian People's Assembly and the Constitutional Committee. In this context, Al-Bayan newspaper said: "Yesterday, Syria finalized the arrangements for the elections for the new People's Assembly, in light of a growing conversation about new faces. Under the dome of Parliament, it was not known to the political or social circles, while it was noticed that the Syrian tribes were absent from this Parliament.

"After the elections were postponed twice, the first is awaiting a round of political negotiations between the opposition and the Syrian government, and the second time due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, but these elections raised great questions about the participation of (the Syrian opposition) in parliament, as international and regional endeavors were working to form a joint leadership between the two parties after the progress of political consultations in the Constitutional Committee, but Damascus announced a new parliament for a period of four years so that the fate of the Constitutional Committee is unknown.

Observers believe that the parliamentary elections held by Damascus mean the futility of the Constitutional Committee, especially as Parliament is a vital part of the political transition process.

Al-Sharq al-Awsat: International contacts control escalation in Libya

On the Libyan issue, Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper said: "The international diplomatic movement has intensified in order to reach a political solution in Libya that controls the military escalation. Stephen Dujarric, a spokesman for the United Nations Secretary-General, confirmed that" there is no military solution to the current situation in Libya "and that the only solution it should be a "negotiated politician," and he expressed the hope that the reduced tension around Sirte would lead to the resumption of the political process sponsored by the UN mission.

He added: "For his part, Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, confirmed yesterday, during two phone calls to his French counterparts, Jean-Yves Le Drian, and German Haikou Maas, the Egyptian position in Libya, stressing the priority that the Egyptian side attaches to working to stop the ceasefire and reaching a political solution negotiate a Libyan - a Libyan. "

In the context of this, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held talks with his Algerian counterpart, Sabri Bokadim yesterday, focused on discussing a political settlement to the Libyan crisis, and finding a solution "that achieves a balance of interests" between the conflicting parties, and the Russian Foreign Ministry stated that Russia and Turkey held high-level consultations on Libya culminated in reaching an agreement to continue joint efforts to calm the situation and renew the commitment of the parties to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country.

Al-Arab: American pressure to stop Turkish excavations in the eastern Mediterranean

Regarding the international reactions to Turkish moves in the eastern Mediterranean, the Arab newspaper said: "Reflecting the US demand to stop Turkish exploration activities in the eastern Mediterranean constitutes an international opinion opposed to Ankara's permission to territorial waters of its neighbors, at a time when the European Union is considering imposing sanctions on Ankara that do not appear to be sufficient to curb its tampering with the security and stability of the region.

The United States called on the Turkish government, on Wednesday, to cancel all its procedures near the Greek island of Castellirisu, given the intransigence of Ankara and its endeavor to advance its illegal plans despite the wave of international criticism.

The Turkish intransigence and the way forward in breach of all international maritime charters that control economic activities in the eastern Mediterranean, put the international community in front of the challenge of curbing Turkish provocations in the region.

Observers believe that the international community is ever convinced that the tone of warning and waving sanctions no longer works with Turkey, which leads to rethinking strategies to curb Turkish violations of the European maritime region.

They point out that the European Union, the main victim of Turkish exploration activities, may need to deploy naval forces in the Mediterranean if Turkey continues to violate Greek and Cypriot sovereignty over its territorial waters.

Pending the elaboration of a common European strategy to interfere in the Mediterranean, the approval of all European Union leaders is required for it to enter into force, and the bloc countries tend to increase the severity of the sanctions against Turkey.

In an escalation reflecting the tension in the region, the Greek Navy deployed military battleships in the Aegean Sea after it declared a state of "alert" due to Turkish energy exploration activities.

"The naval units have been deployed since Tuesday in the south and southeast of the Aegean Sea," a Greek official, who asked not to be named, told AFP on Wednesday. He declined to reveal more details.

European experts rule out the occurrence of military confrontations between Turkey and Greece in the Aegean Sea, but the Turkish exploration ships accompanied by warships raise the level of tension in the region to its maximum extent.

Observers believe that Paris sent a message to Ankara through this move that there is harmony in European positions rejecting Turkey's provocations in the Eastern Mediterranean and its suspicious moves.



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