First Published: 2013-01-09

 

Syria opposition group proposes transitional govt

 

Syrian National Council calls on National Coalition to appoint interim government in areas outside regime control.

 

Middle East Online

Emulating Libya

BEIRUT - A core Syrian opposition group is proposing that the leading National Coalition set up a transitional government in areas outside regime control, according to a document on Wednesday.

The Syrian National Council called on the Cairo-based umbrella group the Syrian National Coalition to "appoint an interim government, with guarantees that it will be internationally recognised and supported."

The SNC's "plan for the transfer of power and the start of the transitional period," which was presented to the National Coalition, proposed a government with full executive powers be based in areas rebels refer to as "liberated territories."

The road map also said the interim government must push for the removal of President Bashar al-Assad.

The SNC, a key opposition bloc since early on in the revolt that began in March 2011, united with other anti-regime groups in November to form the National Coalition, which has been widely recognised internationally as the sole representative of the Syrian people.

Large swathes of northwestern and eastern Syria are out of regime control. Areas in the north serve both as rebel rear bases and as locations for civil society groups transferring aid from neighbouring Turkey to work from.

The transitional government should also oversee an agreement between rebel and regime forces to "organise a ceasefire and withdraw troops to their barracks, while rebel fighters are absorbed into the army and security forces."

The SNC added that the transitional government should "disqualify Assad and the symbols of his regime (from power) and bow to the demands of the Syrian people."

The plan emerged four days after Assad offered, in a rare speech, a dialogue with the opposition to end the conflict -- but only with elements he deemed acceptable, not rebel-affiliated groups he termed "killers" and "terrorists" led by foreigners.

The National Coalition immediately dismissed Assad's offer, sticking to its pre-condition that the president step down before any talks are considered.

 

Islamic State ‘share in US weapons’ embarrasses Pentagon

Hundreds protest in Iran after horrendous acid attacks

Libya army scores small victory in Benghazi

Masdar to build first large-scale wind farm in GCC

Kasserine reaps bitter harvest from Tunisia revolution: Poverty and terrorism

Turkish woman arrested for stepping on Koran

Erdogan criticises US for airdrops on Kobane

Iraq schools provide shelter but late to open for classes

Syria air force shoots down two of three 'IS warplanes'

Egypt court rules on ‘Nasr City terror cell’

Fire from Egypt wounds two Israeli soldiers near border

By hook or by crook, settlers notch up property gains in East Jerusalem

Turkey envoy meets leader of parallel government in Libya

Israel arrests seven Palestinian fishermen off northern Gaza

Khamenei to Abadi: Iraq can beat 'Islamic State' without foreign troops

Saudi special court rules in cases of riots and terrorism

Only in Libya: Government calls for civil disobedience

Iraq Kurds set to vote on deployment of Peshmerga forces to Syria

Alderton: Morocco unrivalled business gateway to sub-Saharan Africa

Protests over IS turn Istanbul University into war zone

Turkey eyes stricter punishment against lawbreakers at protests

For Sudan President: Promises are something and re-election is something else

Iran returns Abadi to ‘house of obedience’

From traditional military to counterinsurgency force: Syria army grows more capable

South Sudan rivals accept 'responsibility' for civil war

British drones in Iraq also used for Syria surveillance

Turkey launches new wave of wire-tapping arrests

Rise of Shiite militias challenges government authority in Iraq

Syria Kurds show impressive resistance to ‘Islamic State’ in Kobane

Vote or boycott: Grim record of self-serving politicians puts off voters in Tunisia

Egypt universities tighten security to avoid new Islamist violence

Iran forces inside Iraq as Abadi rules out foreign ground intervention!

South Sudan rivals meet in new bid to end civil war

From Morocco into Spain: Crowd of African migrants charges to border fence

Deadly suicide attack targets Shiite mosque in central Baghdad

Turkey gives Iraq Peshmerga forces passage to Kobane

Israel to supply Egypt with natural gas despite sabotage

Kerry seeks help of Southeast Asia in anti-Islamic State push

Qaeda inflicts heavy losses on Huthi rebels in central Yemen

US carries out first weapon airdrops to Kurd fighters near Kobane

Benghazi violence kills 75 people in five days

Morocco accuses Algeria of firing on civilians across border

Australia finalises deal for deployment of Special Forces to Iraq

Tunisia calls on Libya authorities to locate missing journalists

Turkey rejects calls to arm ‘terrorist’ Kurdish party in Syria