Blogman's Notes: The world has always been somewhat of a Surreal place like a Salvador Dali painting. And it seems to get more surreal by the day! Today on Sunday July 1st, the eyes of the world will be glued on the Euro Cup soccer finals between Italy and Spain, two bankrupt countries, whose leaders have bled their resources and wealth dry. And on the other side of the Mediterranean from Italy, the fate of a sovereign and ancient nation is being decided by Americans and Europeans and Russians and Israelis and Chinese and....but not by the Syrians themselves! In a case of deja vu, this is a repeat of Libya (and Afghanistan and Iraq), where foreign interests intervene in the domestic affairs of nations and impose their will upon sovereign peoples for their own purposes even while they spout high sounding slogans of Freedom and Democracy! It is tragic that today, Damascus, the oldest continually inhabited city in the world (older than Jerusalem), is being destroyed by weapons shipped in from America, Europe and Russia while the world drinks beer and sings songs about football!______________________________________________________________________
(Reuters) - World powers struck an agreement that a transitional government should be set up in Syriato end the conflict there but they remained at odds over what part President Bashar al-Assad might play in the process.
Peace envoy Kofi Annan said after the talks in Geneva on Saturday the government should include members of Assad's administration and the Syrian opposition and that it should arrange free elections.
"Time is running out. The conflict must be resolved through peaceful dialogue and negotiations," Annan told reporters.
The talks had been billed as a last-ditch effort to halt the worsening violence in Syria but hit obstacles as Russia, Assad's most powerful ally, opposed Western and Arab insistence that he must quit the scene.
The final communique said the transitional government should be formed "on the basis of mutual consent".
Read More: Assad's fate unclear in world powers' Syria plan | Reuters