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Syria rebels slam new opposition group

2012-08-01 08:00

Cairo - The head of the rebel Free Syrian Army attacked on Wednesday the formation of a new political coalition outside Syria that plans to establish a transitional government, calling its leaders opportunists who seek to divide the opposition and benefit from the rebels' gains.

The Council for the Syrian Revolution was launched by a group of 70 exiled Syrian activists at a news conference in Cairo on Tuesday.

The emergence of new alliance marks the latest effort by Syria's divided opposition to forge a political alternative to President Bashar Assad, whose forces are trying to put down a 16-month armed uprising.

The Syrian military has stepped up a military campaign to drive rebels out of Aleppo, the country's biggest city, using helicopter gunships and other heavy weapons.

The politicians who formed the new coalition "were hit by a fever of ... acquiring positions which led them to announce the founding of a transitional government ... to ride over our revolution and trade with the blood of our martyrs", the head of the Free Syrian Army, Colonel Riad Asaad, told Al Arabiya news channel.

"But in reality they are trying to revive the falling regime of Assad by taking a decision without returning to the people who have shed blood and tears to achieve their independence from Assad's criminal gang," he added.

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The announcement of plans to form a transitional government is mainly aimed at "pleasing the outside [world] while making the internal [groups] fight against one another to destroy the unity of the people which the Free Syrian Army stands for", Asaad said.

Asaad helped set up the rebel Free Syrian Army after deserting from Assad's military and taking refuge in Turkey last year.

The head of the new coalition, Haitham al-Maleh, said he would begin a dialogue with all members of the opposition, including the Free Syrian Army, about the formation of a transitional government.

"We will certainly have members from the free army in the new government," Maleh, a prominent member of the Syrian opposition, said at Tuesday's news conference.

Western and Arab states have for months been urging the Syrian opposition to unite. While the Syrian National Council has been an international voice for the opposition, activists on the ground have complained that the exiled leadership has little connection to what is happening in Syria.

Reacting to the formation of the new group, head of the Syrian National Council, Abdelbasset Seida, said: "The process of forming a transitional government is difficult and needs consultations with all members of the Syrian opposition, rebels and the Free Syrian Army."

"But if each group came out alone announcing the formation of a new government without talks and research, this would end up in having a series of weak governments that don't represent anyone and would not be able to mean or do anything," he said.

"Our end goal is to form a government that would represent and please all members of the Syrian community."

Comments
  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-08-01 09:56

    Next time the TV images of Syria are in front of you consider not only the bodies but also the destruction of habitat and property. Whatever your political persuasion including the far rtight and left extremes I cannot see how such destruction is justified. WHether it is peoples homes, workplaces, businesses, public buildings or ancient relics this destruction is the crime here. Both parties are guilty. a guilt not tempered by the arrogant rebel rousing of the insurgents or the heavy-handed approach of the powers. The right to be different and protest that difference is a clear and prime human right BUT that right must be conditioned by an over-riding principle of preservation of everyones heritage and livelehood. All parties to such violence should be condemned and sanctioned.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-01 10:39

      The plain fact is that the Syrians, after 50 years of tyranni, had enough of these assad terrorists. For 11 months, they demonstrated on the streets, UNARMED, while their family, friends, and others, MAINLY UNARMED CIVILIANS, were slaughtered by this assad dog. But after 11 months, they had enough of being unarmed. They armed themselves with whatever weapons they could get hold off, and from whomever is willing to help them. Luckily, they got bthe support of the 60 000 strong FSA, all defectors of assad's terrorist army. And what the destruction of cities concerns, one cannot do to much damage, to buildings with a rifle, BUT with rockets fired from tanks, bombs dropped from aircraft, one gets the kind of damage one now witnesses !!!

      rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-08-01 10:51

      anthony: The use of violence ALWAYS polarises society and creates monsters on both sides. Whatever the perceived wrongs of the past what we see in Syria cannot be justified. Hard to figure maybe, but the rest of the world should be focussing on getting all parties to dialogue without violence. In any conflict there are those that fight (for whatever perceived reasons) and the majority who are violated by the destruction around them. Remember that one of the functions of government is to ensure citizens wellbeing.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-01 11:22

      Russia and China have been the only major powers that have sought peace and negotiations in Syria. The western powers on the other hand have their geo political interests in Syria, including the Sunni Saudis and the Qataris who want to spread their inbred Wahhabism and Salafism. That is the reason why none of them have sought PEACE. The lives of ordinary Syrians matters little to them, so long as they can achieve their interests. The opposition isn't fighting for "democracy" but for power, just like Assad.

      merven.halo - 2012-08-01 11:44

      With some rulers you just can not negotiate. Could you negotiate with PW Botha? Could you negotiate with Bin Laden? Could you negotiate with Saddam Hussain? Can you negotiate with Robert Mugabe? No you can not, violence is the only answer.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-01 12:38

      Yes, in fact negotiations did take place regarding all but Osama Bin Laden, which am sure the Americans would be negotiating with if he were still alive today as they are currently doing with the Taliban. Violence is the only answer for you because it doesn't affect you or your loved ones. All you do is to click on "post comment".

      CassandraXabata - 2012-08-01 13:27

      The sad bottomline is that no war ever ended without some people somewhere sitting around a table, talking peace or celebrating. No matter how many posts here, the war in Syria will not end just because someone on N24 wants it to happen. The quality of the peace is as important as that of the intensity of the war. If a democracy (not theocracy) proved to result in the least unrest in a country, then so be it. If pre-94 in SA was not a democracy and now it is, then do not disapprove of any group wanting to vote and choose a government for themselves.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-01 14:08

      Fidel is on record stating that the neo-Communist Russian and Chinese regimes, themselves undemocratic, are going to bring democracy to the Middle East. Russia is arming Assad, the unelected dictator of Syria who is slaughtering Syrians and their families in their homes just because they want to elect their leaders in free and fair elections, like we have in South Africa. He does not know he is actually supporting oppression, because of his delusional and highly immature anti-West core belief, and defends this delusion vociferously.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-01 14:11

      criticallyhonest, what would you do if you demonstrated peacefully for close on eleven months for the right to vote in free and fair elections, and your friends and family were killed by the thousands with sniper-fire, detained, tortured, and raped by the tens of thousands?

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-01 10:18

    The Syrian Opposition cannot sit in the same room with each other without trying to kill each other, imagine what sort of havoc will be wreaked when these sectarianists secure their own territory and unleash weapons in their disputes (as they have been doing in Syria to a corporate media blackout). They make the Libyan militias look like a big happy family.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-01 10:47

      Fidel, What a load of rubbish. What the head of the FSA says, is, let's get the job done first; to get these assad terrorist out; And than we will sit down, and work on our differences. At the moment their strength is in their unity, with ONE common goal; the end of this assad terorist regime. But for someone, who thinks democracy is; ------------"a noisy circus, every 4/5 years"------------------ you can be excused, for not understanding ANYTHING going on in Syria !!!

      rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-08-01 11:05

      Anthony: Come on now, drop the rhetoric! Words like 'rubbish, terrorist, strength, unity, common goal, and regime', add nothing to the discussion except declaring your worldview. When the shooting stops there will still be fighters and non-fighters with inclinations to support either of the two sides or an entirely different dispensation. Stop wasting energy and emotion on destruction of people and place...get on with the business of living with your neighbours even if you do not like their music noise or cooking smells.

      merven.halo - 2012-08-01 11:46

      "get on with the business of living with your neighbours even if you do not like their music noise or cooking smells." Dude, there is a huge difference between living with your neighbors music and you neighbor shooting the shait out of you with tanks.

      rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-08-01 12:25

      merven: exactly my point, so stop shooting!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-01 13:08

      Criticallyhonest, It all sounds ver nice what you say, but you live in a fantasy world; These assdas came to power through violence, NOBODY put them there, but themselves !! For FIFTY YEARS, the Syrian population has been terrorized by this assad family. For FIFTY YEARS, the opposition 'asked' for a dialoque and elections. For FIFTY YEARS, ANY unarmed resistance was answered with brutal force In 1982, there were UNARMED demonstrations in Hama, this assad daddy slaughtered there, TWENTY THOUSAND opposition members. ( ask Robert Fisk, about that massacre !) Than 18 months ago , there was a renewed uprising, ( probably started by watching what was happening in North Africa !!! ) For 11 months, they are UNARMED, while this assad KILLS anyone in his way. And NOW they are fighting back !! What do you suggest they shoiuld have done 18 months ago ?????????? Hang an ad in the local supermarket' ----------------------"WANTED REGIME CHANGE" ??????-------------

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-01 14:13

      To Fidel, the mad dictator Moamar Gaddafi who embezzled billions of dollars from the Libyan people, and killed, detained, tortured and raped tens of thousands of Libyans because they wanted to vote for their leaders, was an African hero.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-01 14:14

      criticallyhonest, I'm afraid you really have no idea what is going on in Syria. You are emotionally disconnected with what is going on.

  • issa.kabudula - 2012-08-01 15:19

    Until now I don't understand the difference between Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya - Britain n America went in these countries with less opposition, many died and still more r going to die tomorrow. Come Syria - America n Britain wanted to go and do what they know better war - they believe in action and discussions later, come opposition China and Russia - the question mark is why with Syria and not with other mentioned countries? The people of Syria are suffering especially children and women, the old aged and the sick, Asad don't want to pave the space for any new leader and he is ready to die for his own right nad not human rights. The uprising stories and those who started them will pay on the day of judgement - the dictators and the oppressors will pay on the day of judgement. Its a big deadlock in Syria - the problem is that even the so called revolutionaries are not aiming at peace but fighting for anger. Anger will not assist Syria and her children but understanding of the need - if it is change lets go for change, why lacking leadership in rebels? How can the war be won? Who will be the next leader after Asad? What is the plan of China and Russia to Syrian people kids, the sickly and women?

  • tabib.asnan.3 - 2012-08-01 20:59

    Kindly google "confronting the evidence" and watch the youtube video for an independant study of the attacks. It's all a game between the people and the elite.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-02 17:09

      The US attacked itself on 9/11. Yeah right. And you believe that delusional nonsense, that's supposed to be a fun dinner-table discussion? What are you thinking man.

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