Syrian opposition call on Assad to quit immediately

Syrian opposition groups called Thursday for President Bashar al-Assad’s immediate resignation, in a joint declaration at the end of a two-day meeting in Turkey.

The statement, read out in the Mediterranean resort of Antalya, urged the “immediate resignation of President Bashar al-Assad from all functions he occupies.”

It urged the holding of “parliamentary and presidential elections within a period that will not exceed one year” following Assad’s resignation.

The dissidents vowed “to do whatever it is up to them to bring down the regime” in Syria, welcoming the declaration with applause.

In a message to the international community, which has been piling up pressure on Damascus for political reform, the declaration voiced opposition to “any foreign intervention” in Syria such as in Libya.

“Everything must be done to preserve Syria’s unity and territorial integrity,” it said.

Some 300 Syrian activists, mostly exiles, representing a broad spectrum of political forces opposed to Assad’s regime, attended the talks, the largest gathering of the opposition so far.

The participants, among them members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, have snubbed a general amnesty for political prisoners, decreed by Assad Tuesday, as a belated and inadequate move.

Organisers of the gathering — titled “Conference for Change in Syria” — have said their purpose is to draw up a “roadmap” for a peaceful and democratic transition in their country.

They have set up several committees to coordinate anti-regime action, notably to explore ways of supporting protesters in Syria, both in financial and logistic terms, in areas such as legal assistance and strengthening Internet media backing the revolt. Click here to read the complete articleAFP

Photo: Abdulraheem Yahia Bahro (2nd L), an opponent of the Syrian regime, shouts slogans during a conference in Antalya, southern Turkey, June 2, 2011. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must step down to pave the way for democracy after an uprising against his rule showed he had lost legitimacy, the country’s opposition in exile said on Wednesday. The gathering is the first official meeting of activists and opposition figures in exile since protests erupted 10 weeks ago in Deraa, a poor, agricultural city in the southern Hauran Plain.

  • 316909

    Organization is good. Now you have to elect a ruling council in exile and elect a council leader so you can have clear leadership and a clear chain of command. Before any help comes in you need to be organized so the countries helping know who they are dealing with. No help came to Libya until the established a council and a council leader was chosen. The Islamic brotherhood will probably be able to get most of the support since the brotherhood controls Turkey and they are secular just like the brotherhood in Turkey but all should be included especially Christians and Druz even though they have not joined the revolt. Give the Kurds the chance to declare an Independent nation in the areas they live in before assad gives them that offer.

  • Anonymous

    Organization is good. Now you have to elect a ruling council in exile and elect a council leader so you can have clear leadership and a clear chain of command. Before any help comes in you need to be organized so the countries helping know who they are dealing with. No help can to Libya until the established a council and a council leader was chosen. The Islamic brotherhood will probably be able to get most of the support since the brotherhood controls Turkey and they are secular just like the brotherhood in Turkey but all should be included especially Christians and Druz even though they have not joined the revolt. Give the Kurds the chance to declare an Independent nation in the areas they live in before assad gives them that offer.

  • josephphdman

    it looks like syria is heading to civil war ;because a free election means that the sunnis will win for sure because they are 80% the majority, in that case when that happen they are going to slaughter the alawite in revenge for the killing of 200,000 sunnis by the alawite,and the alawite they know that so, they have to fight for there survival , if the cival war broke out and the fight get fierce the alawite will withdrow to there area and they declare there own state, the alwite state ; and the sunnis will take controle of there area and that will be syria. and the kurds declare there own state, the kurdish state . this what i think syria is headind toward that end

  • Anonymous

    it looks like syria is heading to civil war ;because a free election means that the sunnis will win for sure because they are 80% the majority, in that case when that happen they are going to slaughter the alawite in revenge for the killing of 200,000 sunnis by the alawite,and the alawite they know that so, they have to fight for there survival , if the cival war broke out and the fight get fierce the alawite will withdrow to there area and they declare there own state a; and the sunnis will take controle of there area and that will be syria. and the kurds declare there own state . this what i think syria is headind toward that end

  • Anonymous

    it looks like syria is heading to civil war ;because a free election means that the sunnis will win for sure because they are 80% the majority, in that case when that happen they are going to slaughter the alawite in revenge for the killing of 200,000 sunnis by the alawite,and the alawite they know that so, they have to fight for there survival , if the cival war broke out and the fight get fierce the alawite will withdrow to there area and they declare there own state a; and the sunnis will take controle of there area and that will be syria. and the kurds declare there own state . this what i think syria is headind toward that end

  • leb_expatriate

    I say every Sunni army officer puts a bullet in their Alawite General’s head and let’s get this thing over and done with.

    Time for the sect that makes up the overwhelming majority of Syrians to take control of government.

    Bashar If you are smart you would flee to Iran very soon otherwise you will meet the same fate your cowardly forces have inflicted on the thirteen year old boy.

  • leb_expatriate

    I say every Sunni army officer puts a bullet in their Alawite General’s head and let’s get this thing over and done with.

    Time for the sect that makes up the overwhelming majority of Syrians to take control of government.

    Bashar If you are smart you would flee to Iran very soon otherwise you will meet the same fate your cowardly forces have inflicted on the thirteen year old boy.

  • Anonymous

    I say every Sunni army officer puts a bullet in their Alawite General’s head and let’s get this thing over and done with.

    Time for the sect that makes up the overwhelming majority of Syrians to take control of government.

    Bashar If you are smart you would flee to Iran very soon otherwise you will meet the same fate your cowardly forces have inflicted on the thirteen year old boy.

  • alik78

    assad isnt going anywhere. the alawites are in control of the army, from top to bottom. they have the sophisticated weaponary to stay in government. they also have russia and china behind them who have veto at the U.N. so how can anyone else take control of the country wheather it be sunni or shiate or christian when the alawites hav control of the army. i think the allawites will fight with all the army might and weaponary they have and go down trying then give up the country to any other sect. For anyone else to take control of the government they need the army behind them and the army is loyal to assad, wheather you hate it or luv it.

  • Anonymous

    assad isnt going anywhere. the alawites are in control of the army, from top to bottom. they have the sophisticated weaponary to stay in government. they also have russia and china behind them who have veto at the U.N. so how can anyone else take control of the country wheather it be sunni or shiate or christian when the alawites hav control of the army. i think the allawites will fight with all the army might and weaponary they have and go down trying then give up the country to any other sect. For anyone else to take control of the government they need the army behind them and the army is loyal to assad, wheather you hate it or luv it.

    • Anonymous

      well for one weapons can cross into syria from Iraq, Turkey and Lebanon. Sunni fighters from Palestinian camps in Lebanon and Insurgents currently operating in Iraq and local Syrian tribes can use these weapons to fight back just like they started doing in Rastan. Also the entire country is Military trained starting in High school and the mandatory service they all have to do in the Army so they dont even need training all the need is weapons.