Syria opposition Groups seek consenss at Qatar talks

Syrian opposition groups are set to resume talks in Qatar to try to form a united body in the fight against President Bashar al-Assad.

Delegates were quoted as saying that main points had already been agreed.

The fractious opposition has been under pressure from the US and other backers in the region to clinch a deal.

However, the Syrian National Council – which is based outside the country – is concerned it may be sidelined by the new opposition body.

The proposed unified group, tentatively called the Syrian National Initiative, is intended to merge disparate military and political groups to form a credible alternative to Mr Assad’s government.

‘90% chance’

The talks in Qatar’s capital Doha continued into the early hours of Sunday.

“We have agreed on the main points of the formation of a Syrian national coalition or the forces of the opposition and revolution,” opposition member Suhair Attassi told the AFP news agency.

“We will continue our discussions on the details on Sunday,” he added.

Meanwhile, leading dissident Riad Saif was quoted as saying that there was a 90% chance of clinching a deal.

Activists and monitors estimated that more than 36,000 people have been killed in a long-running uprising against Mr Bashar’s government.

Many thousands of have been forced to flee the country, since the unrest began last year.

BBC

  • josephphdman

    they need to get united and prove they are secular if they  are looking for support from the west
    present a new syrian constitution , where all syrians will have equal rights regardless of color , race , or religion;
    also all governement officials and politicians , should be elected ,and not appointed because of there sect and religion ‘
    this is is going to be hard to implement in syria ,where every sect hate the other sects and religion play a big role in people,s life , sunnis hate alawis, and chris tians , kurds hate all other sect. , duruz stick with duruz ,sunnis split in wahabis, and salafis , etc…  syria is very diverse and divided country , once it cracks ,almost impossible to put back together , but this group has to try hard as they got an impossible mission to accomplish.

    • libnen10452

      libnen10452
      Your comment was deleted for being rude, insulting, abusive, derogatory and defamatory.
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  • josephphdman

    they need to get united and prove they are secular if they  are looking for support from the west
    present a new syrian constitution , where all syrians will have equal rights regardless of color , race , or religion;
    also all governement officials and politicians , should be elected ,and not appointed because of there sect and religion ‘
    this is is going to be hard to implement in syria ,where every sect hate the other sects and religion play a big role in people,s life , sunnis hate alawis, and chris tians , kurds hate all other sect. , duruz stick with duruz ,sunnis split in wahabis, and salafis , etc…  syria is very diverse and divided country , once it cracks ,almost impossible to put back together , but this group has to try hard as they got an impossible mission to accomplish.

    • libnen10452

      sir, with all due respect, the west does not care if they are secular or not; first the word west is a misnomer; the west does not exist; it is america that you meant i bet; second, the west as you call it, is interested in cost benefit, not in secularism; the middle east is a jungle for them; middle easterners have proven to be worst than wild animals and the so called west has accentuated this. Harirism was driving lebanon into a similar jungle, luckily we got rid of it. So regardless of what you represent, if you are cost benefit rentable the west will sponsor you for a while but ultimately you will end up hanged by the balls if you have them like saddam hussayn or by the arse if you dont have them like hariri

  • haririlouti

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  • haririlouti

    more rude insultive abusive derogatory defamatory and inciting to violence than this blog cannot be; this blog hates shiites and christians; actually this blog also hates the koran because my quotes from the noble koran were also blocked