WASHINGTON – Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely has proposed a solution to the Syrian conflict to the top Middle East adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose military is pounding jihadist targets in Syria as Western leaders rush to meet in Vienna to deal with the growing refugee crisis in Europe, according to a new report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
Accompanied by his own Middle East adviser, Naji N. Najjar, Vallely held a quiet meeting at the Russian Embassy in Paris with Putin’s special representative for the Middle East and Syria, Mikhail L. Bogdanov.
Vallely proposed that the Russians meet with generals of the Free Syrian Army, which has sought the ouster of Assad.
Vallely, who has backed and helped secure TOW missiles for some of the army’s 40,000 to 50,000 fighters, told Bogdanov he believes the FSA could unite Syria.
“Nobody else has come up with a plan for Syria,” Vallely told G2Bulletin.
He explained that he originally was scheduled to meet with Russia’s ambassador to France but when ushered into the room, it was Bogdanov who greeted him.
Vallely’s meeting with Bogdanov comes as representatives of the United States, France, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Turkey are scheduled to meet in Vienna to discuss a political solution to the Syrian civil war, which is going into its fourth year. Millions of Syrians have fled the country, creating a refugee crisis in Europe.
Valley believes Bogdanov took the plan seriously.
“Putin knows he’s running the chessboard, and he knows that (President) Obama and the American government are just talk, they’re weak. So he knows that (Putin) can basically do whatever he wants to,” Vallely said.
“That’s why this plan is very optimistic in nature but certainly very doable if Putin wants to go that route.”
Vallely met the top Putin aide in his capacity as founder of the group Stand Up America. In the military, Vallely served in the Vietnam War and was deputy commanding general of Pacific Command.
Along with retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney, Vallely co-authored the book “Endgame: The Blueprint for Victory in the War on Terror.”
‘Stop bombing them’
Vallely emphasized to Bogdanov that the Syrian people are not against the Russian people and their nation’s vital interests. But the general insisted that the first step is for the Russians to stop bombing the Free Syrian Army and innocent civilians.
A cease-fire, Vallely said, would help end the Syrian conflict through political compromise.
Just some of the provisions in Vallely’s plan include:
- Current Syrian government officials, including Assad, would resign and be replaced by an interim government, parliament and president representing all Syrians and religious groups.
- The new government would plan for future elections. All Syrians who have fled would be returned to the homeland through the Mediterranean ports of Latakia and Tartus, and Turkish passage zones.
- Western Syrian territory would be secured and declared the Syrian Resettlement Zone for all Syrian refugees now in Europe, Jordan and Turkey.