As a basic principle, convincing reason needs to be established for any international gathering on whatever topic, setting forth a valid basis for attendance and abidance in the case of a declaration. This is exactly the case when a list of protocols annexed to an international treaty and declaration or when validating reasons attached to an invitation to a world conference.
In other words, if no pre-arrangements have been made ahead of Geneva II, and no clear agenda has been set forth, then the long awaited peace negotiations between the Syrian regime and the opposition will be just talks for the sake of talking.Raed Omari
Let Geneva II conference be a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis but let it be also accompanied by convincing factors ensuring its success and sustainability. One of such prerequisites, in addition to a ceasefire and a deployment of UN humanitarian missions inside Syria, is a U.S.'s "real" support of the opposition, including the Syrian National Coalition (SNC), to match the heavily Russian-backed Syrian regime. The Western-backed SNC is seemingly not that internationally recognized as a fully-fledged Syrian opposition.SHOW MORE