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Saudis press on Riyadh-based opposition body to accept Assad: Interview

Interviews | 2017-09-17 21:29:51
Saudis press on Riyadh-based opposition body to accept Assad: Interview
(Zaman Al Wasl)- President of Secretariat General of the Damascus Declaration alliance and its representative in the Executive Committee of the Syrian National Council (SNC) Samir Nashar said in an interview with Zaman al-Wasl that the body emanating from the Riyad 2 Conference would accept the presence of Bashar al-Assad in the interim period.

He said it was regrettable that the Syrian National Coalition would participate in the formation of a new body that would adapt to what the UN envoy Stefan de Mistura wanted for the Syrian crisis, adding that "it is unfortunate that the coalition represents the forces of the revolution and the opposition."

He pointed out that the convening of the Riyad 2 means in some ways the election of a new body, thus eliminating the current body adhering to the text that there is no role for Bashar al-Assad since the beginning of the transitional period.

Z: How did you read the message of the coalition to the Saudi Foreign Ministry in light of a committee work by the High Negotiations Committee?

S:The message of the coalition to the Saudi foreign ministry comes within the regional and international atmosphere that tries to create an impression of the defeat of the revolution and an attempt to re-promote Bashar al-Assad and the regional and western transformations in their positions towards Bashar al-Asad and the pressures exerted on the High Negotiations Committee to bypass the Riyad 1 conference statement which says Bashar has no role in the transitional period, and this message is a response to the Saudi efforts to make the Riyad 2 successful.

Z: What is the purpose and ambience of this message?

S: The purpose of the message is to the Saudi Foreign Ministry to prepare a new political vision and this is a regional and international demand to bear in mind that the priority of the International Community and friends of Syria is to combat terrorism not to step down Bashar al-Assad, and it appears that it complies with the idea that Russia was able to be the first player in the Syrian file and was able to change the balance of power on the ground in favor of the regime and its allies.

Z:What does Riyad2 mean in practice for the High Negotiations Committee?
S: The convening of the Riyad 2 means the election of a new supreme body, thus eliminating the existing body adhering to the text that there is no role for Bashar al-Assad as of the beginning of the transitional period.

Z: In your opinion, what are the determinants of the work of the new body or what emerges from the political body of Riyad 2?
S: The new supreme body will deal with all the variables mentioned and allow for a political solution through a transitional government under Bashar al-Assad.

Z: What are your comments on the coalition's message to the Saudi foreign ministry?

S: The coalition's message to the Saudi Foreign Ministry ignores the fact that the international resolution No. 2254, which states that the Riyad Conference elects a supreme body for negotiations is a one-time event, meaning that the conference has ended its function. There is no justification for the Riyad 2 conference because it is not negotiations or dissatisfaction with the current committee. The conference calls for a new conference to produce a body of negotiations to meet the demands of the UN envoy Stefan de Mistura to the Syrian crisis, and his behind him countries to achieve a political achievement at the expense of the blood and sacrifices of the Syrians and return to Bashar Assad's regime.

Z: But in the end the coalition is the political representative of the Syrian people or at least the political facade?

S: I am sorry to say that the coalition is the representative of the forces of the opposition and the revolution
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