Sunni bloc against Syria
Trend Arab News Service head Rufiz Hafizoglu
Officially Damascus allowed international observers to enter the country after the Syrian government adopted the peace plan of the Special Envoy for the United Nations and the League of Arab States, Kofi Annan, along with the announcement of the ceasefire regime between the warring parties.
However, in an interview with local media, Bashar al-Assad's advisor Buseyna Shaban stressed that Damascus does not guarantee the security of international observers. Shaban also stressed the Syrian government which is fighting armed insurgents has the right to choose the international observers who will arrive in the country.
Most analysts assess the speech of the president's official representative as an indecisive action and the weak will of the Syrian government.
The ceasefire has been violated in Syria 28 times since its announcement with confronting sides accusing each other of the violations. The international community said that Bashar Assad's regime is responsible for this situation.
Though the Syrian authorities have adopted the Annan plan, one can hardly believe in the restoration of stability in the country. The fact is that Assad's regime cannot control the situation in the country, because of the interests of the Arab Gulf states, Turkey and Iran confront in Syria.
Although Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that his country conducts the policy of zero problems with neighbours toward Iran, there are controversial moments in the actions between Ankara and Tehran.
At first glance it seems that Turkey and Iran are good political and trade partners, but after a close examination, one can see that both countries seriously struggle for leadership in the region and at the same time, for expansion of spheres of influence in Central Asia.
There is no doubt that Sunni Arab countries, at least temporarily, will be near Ankara in this fight to get rid of an Iranian threat, but this does not mean that it will be easy to take the region out of Iran's influence. Syria is not a border country with Iran, but after the U.S. withdrew its troops from Iraq, Baghdad began to play the role of a 'humanitarian' corridor between the two countries.
Even in Iraqi former vice president Tariq al-Hashimi's statement made during his recent visit to Turkey, it was pointed out that Baghdad airport is used by Iran for illegal arms shipments to Syria.
It is doubtful that the regional countries, especially Turkey, will silently watch the situation in Syria. A Sunni bloc is likely to be created against Syria under the leadership of Ankara soon to save the region from Iran's influence.