I'm still reasonably optimistic that we will perhaps have a second round of Geneva talks.
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It is war in all but name.
His strongest selling point is his international reputation as a diplomat. He has the gravitas, the intelligence and the depth to be worthy of this post.
That might be a bargaining position and it might move from there toward talking about some form of federalism, but that's still a long way off.
The key question here is as to whether this is an intensification with the explicit objective of resuming hostilities or whether it is an intensification to probe the attitude and disposition of the new government.
Whether or not people vote on the peace process, it [the election] will certainly have an impact on it.
Every time they want to get rid of Norway, they find there are no other takers. Who else is going to step in? No one is.
They'll look bloody stupid if at the end of the day the only reason why they couldn't get to talk to each other is because they couldn't agree where to do it.
Certainly they will use it to show that promises made will be fulfilled. But in this country there's cynicism about promises made being kept.