Syria's Opposition Delays Decision on Government in Exile

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The Syrian opposition said on Monday it had postponed a decision on forming a government-in-exile at its meeting in Istanbul, saying it needs guarantees of support from dissident forces on the ground.

The Syrian National Council (SNC), a key component of the opposition, said the meeting held on Sunday formed a five-member panel to consult with the rebel Free Syrian Army, and other concerned parties on the issue.

"After studying the proposals and after deliberation on the question of creating an interim government, we decided to set up a five-member committee tasked with consulting with the forces of the revolution, the Free Syrian Army and friendly countries," the council said.

The Syrian National Council is an influential member of the National Coalition, which was set up in Doha in November in a bid to unify opposition forces fighting President Bashar Assad's regime.

Since it was formed, the National Coalition has been recognized by scores of states and organizations as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people.

Syria's 22-month revolt has been racked by political schisms and unmet promises of financial and military aid by the international community, dissidents say.

The opposition said the five-member committee would also be tasked with exploring "the extent of (opposition and international) commitment in order for the work to be financially and politically feasible."

The panel includes, among others, National Coalition chief Moaz al-Khatib, Syrian National Council head George Sabra and prominent Paris-based dissident, Burhan Ghalioun.

The opposition is due to meet again on January 28 in Paris, along with representatives of some 20 countries that back the revolt against Assad.

More than 60,000 people have been killed so far in the conflict that erupted in March 2011, according to United Nations figures.

Comments 5
Thumb jabalamel 21 January 2013, 13:24



keep dreaming

Thumb jabalamel 21 January 2013, 17:03


is it possible that afetr 2 years some march 14 people realize that this so called "rebellion" is financed from outside and run by fanatical islamic foreigners?

is it possible???

Thumb jabalamel 21 January 2013, 17:04

is it possible that even radical christians are now coming to their senses?

Thumb min-canada 22 January 2013, 01:18

Your assessment is partly correct. The conflict right now is in a stale mate period. The FSA is not exerting a lot of effort and is letting the Nusra group and others deplete the army and themselves in the process. When there is a will to arm the FSA correctly, believe me they will jump in full force and the Nusra and others will fall by the wayside. This does not mean that eventually there won't be a battle between the FSA and the Jihadi groups, but they can be contained if there is a will to arm the FSA properly to win. The generals in the FSA are capable and professional. Their assessment is to hold steady until they have the means to win.

Thumb min-canada 22 January 2013, 01:22

Remember when Lebanon was the garbage can of all terrorism in the 70's and 80's? Carlos and many more were here. We had the period's equivalence of the Jihadis in our country fighting with one group or the other. They eventually all left or were killed.