Below are excerpts from Lakhdar Brahimi's interview with Al-Monitor. Brahimi will step down from his position as UN envoy to Syria at the end of the month after serving for twenty months.
The Russian analysis about the longevity and durability of the Assad regime was right:
“I think the Russian analysis was right at the beginning, but everybody thought that it was an opinion and not an analysis. The Russians were saying that Syria is not Egypt and it is not Tunisia, and the president of Syria is not going to fall in a matter of two or three weeks. People thought that this was not an analysis, it was an expression of position: ‘we are going to support this regime,’” Brahimi said.Foreign fighters, both pro-Assad and anti-Assad, must be forced to leave Syria to achieve a sustainable peace:
“Maybe, maybe if people listened to them, and went to them, and said, listen you clearly know the situation in Syria better than anybody else. Let’s sit down and see how we can help Syria solve its problems. Perhaps things would have been different. But that did not happen.”
"I suppose everybody cooperating to get all foreign fighters out may be the beginning of the right treatment of this problem.”