Syrian fighters reject Assad role in interim govt


Published — Friday 28 December 2012

Last update 28 December 2012 9:09 pm

| نسخة PDF Print News | A A

ISTANBUL: Syria’s opposition National Coalition said it would agree to any solution for a political transition as long as it excludes President Bashar Assad and his family.
“We will accept any political solution that does not include the Assad family nor those who harmed the Syrian people,” Coalition spokesman Walid Al-Bunni told a press conference in Istanbul.
“Our first condition for them is to leave the country,” Bunni said in remarks translated from Arabic, referring to the Assad family and the regime’s inner circle.
The opposition said Assad's forces had killed too many people for him to play a role in any solution.
In Paris, French Foreign Ministry deputy spokesman Vincent Floreani said Assad should not have any role in Syria's political transition as he had too much blood on his hands.
"Bashar Assad, who is still ferociously repressing his people and bears responsibility for the 45,000 victims of this conflict cannot be part of the political transition," Floreani said.
The statements came after international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi called for "real change" and the installation of a transitional government with full powers until elections can be held.
"The transition period should not lead to the collapse of the state and its institutions," Brahimi said, making no mention on the fate of Assad.
According to AFP, Brahimi has called for a transitional government with full powers to be formed in Syria without specifying Assad’s fate, in line with a peace plan drawn up in Geneva.
Under the Geneva plan, a transitional government could include members of the present government and of the opposition as well as other groups, on the basis of mutual consent.
He did not specify a date for the envisaged elections, but said a change to a parliamentary rather than presidential system was possible.

Related stories:

France says no role for Assad in Syria transition

Brahimi urges transition govt in Syria; Russia denies joint plan with US



What's happening around Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: An African expat woman is being investigated for torturing her baby to death by pouring boiling water on her. The motive behind the vicious attack is unknown.The Board of Investigation and Prosecution in Jeddah has charged the woman with semi...
RIYADH: Over five million Overseas Filipinos Workers (OFWs), including more than one million in Saudi Arabia, observed “zero remittance day” on Friday, in protest against the random checking of boxes sent by them to their families back home by the Cu...
RIYADH: The Ministry of Health announced on Friday that two more people were infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus. While no deaths were announced, the virus has already killed 26 people in just two weeks, from Aug. 16...
JEDDAH: As international schools in the city gear up for the new academic session, some parents have requested that schools improve the quality of their classes in Islamic studies. Although the Ministry of Education has decreed that all international...
JEDDAH: Health Minister Khaled Al-Falih met with Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh on Thursday to discuss the Health Ministry’s proposed ban on sacrificing camels during this year’s Haj.Several health officials accompanied Al-Falih at the meet...
MAKKAH: The executive list of the child protection system has now defined 14 kinds of abuse.These include keeping a child without a family document, not administering compulsory vaccinations, disrupting their education, exposing them to an environmen...

Stay Connected