Syria peace talks effort stalls, report

Beirut, Lebanon — Fledgling efforts to promote peace talks in the Syrian conflict appear to have stalled, even as the death toll rises daily and the rebellion nears its second anniversary. The major exile opposition group, irate over what it calls a “shameful” global silence about the bloodshed, has announced that it will not attend […]

Qatar is first to hand over Syrian embassy to opposition

Qatar is to hand over the Syrian embassy in its capital, Doha, to Syria’s main opposition group. The news was announced by the Syrian National Coalition (SNC), which has already appointed an ambassador. Qatar was among the first states to recognise the SNC as the official representative of the Syrian people.

Syrian main opposition rejects Assad’s initiative

The opposition Syrian National Coalition rejects a reconciliation plan outlined by President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Sunday, spokesman Walid al-Bunni told AFP by phone. “We said at the founding of the National Coalition that we want a political solution, but … there are now over 60,000 martyrs. The Syrians did not make all those sacrifices in order to bolster this tyrannical regime,” he said.

The fight for Syria won’t end with the fall of Assad regime

It was not the supposed imminent collapse of the Syrian regime that dominated the recent meeting of the Friends of Syria in Marrakech but the thorny subject of al-Nusra, one of the armed resistance groups operating in the country, which the US has just classified as a “foreign terrorist organisation”.

New Syria in the making, report

Less than one month after its formation, and at an emergency meeting in Cairo on Monday, the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces — the latest and broadest front of political opposition groups — said it will choose a prime minister to lead the transitional government that will oversee relief aid and foreign […]