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The Nordic countries Engineered Obama - Putin co-operation over Syria

Thursday, 12 September 2013
Nordic media sources are reporting that the Nordic idea and approach to diplomacy led to the prising a truce out of the heated deadlock between USA and Russia over Syria. Nordic diplomatic approach to the conflict, which would have seen the USA bombarding Syria accused of using Chemical weapons on its citizens, was avoided thanks to the Nordic diplomatic thinking. 

According to the Norwegian paper, VG, the forced behind the growing co-operation between the US president Barack Obama and Russian leader Vladimir Putin over Syria came from an idea conceived by the Swedish foreign minister Carl Bilt and Norwegian Foreign minister Barth Eide.

Through their background coordination and the visit of Barack Obama to Sweden lasts week as well as the meeting with Nordic and Balkan leaders, the idea was circulated and push forward to the US president and the Russians.Obama and Renfiedt
Using their experience in the role the Nordics played during the cold war, where they played the balancing force between two blocs during the Cold War and their geographical location of the Nordic region, they revived that position where they acted as a buffer zone of tension between Russia and the United States.

The paper writes that over the dinner table in Stockholm the U.S. President Barack Obama was served with the idea, which now might bring the superpower out of open conflict over Syria and a third world war. VG said it could now reveal that the possible solution was put together 13 days ago on a video meeting between the Nordic and Baltic foreign ministers.
During the dinner with Jens Stoltenberg and other government ministers, the Nordic governments had the unique opportunity to talk directly with whom they described as the most aggressive party, U.S. President, writes VG.

Obama stated that he was pleased of the Norwegian involvement, according to Espen Barth Eide. Whilst the world held it breath and waited for the attack, however, support for a U.S. attack started to crumble.

When the U.S. and Russia meet today in Geneva to resolve the Syria-tangle, it may be the result of a Norwegian and Nordic initiative on problems solving during turbulent times. They proposed the Chemical Weapons Convention as a place to force Syria to sign the convention while jointly condemning her for the use of the weapon.

According to VG, Norwegian Foreign Minister, Espen Barth Eide and his Swedish colleague Carl Bildt where the ones who first developed the idea to start looking at the Syria conflict from the idea of condemnation of chemical weapons.

"We have impacted. The idea was to break the irreconcilable dispute between the U.S. on one side, and Russia and China on the other, as to who is "good" and "evil" in Syria's deadly civil war. I cannot say that we had the solution. But we have certainly influenced something," says Espen Barth Eide to VG.

When Obama landed in Stockholm Wednesday last week, he had been informed of the Nordic idea. He had originally cancelled a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G20 summit in the following days.

VG said that it needed the foreign ministers to test the idea on Russians foreign minister Lavrov first. On the same evening, both Carl Bildt and Espen Barth Eide tried to get Lavrov via video link to discuss the idea with him. He had travelled to the Olympic city of Sochi and was not available on the phone.

Syrian crisis
The following day the Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja made contact with the Russian. Lavrov took the idea under discussion to sleep on. However, at that time the Russians were reasonably convinced that the United States  president had his  finger on the trigger, and that the matter was out of the diplomatic track.
But as the British though their parliament withdrew and France became lukewarm, Obama's turning to the Congress was something unexpected. On Monday, while Norway was concerned with the general election, then Lavrov played out the "Nordic" card: The proposal that Syria's arsenal of chemical weapons should be under international control  and to hold a Chemical Weapons Convention.

We now know that the USA held back its Syrian attach proposal and want to see how far the proposal to inspect and withdraw w the weapons would go. If there is the aversion of a third world war, today, probably the Nordic played a skilful diplomatic manoeuvre, which has not yet been full realised.

According to the BBC, Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has appeared on Russian TV to confirm that his country's chemical weapons will be placed under international control. The comments came as the Russian and US foreign ministers prepared for key talks in Geneva.
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