Syria Opposition Says ‘Some Positives’ in Transition Deal
Ankara. The Syrian opposition spokesperson on Sunday welcomed “a few positive elements” in a transition deal hammered out by world powers aimed at resolving the bloody conflict, but said the plan was too vague.
The final declaration of the meeting on Syria “seems to suggest a few positive elements,” Basma Qadmani, spokeswoman for the opposition Syrian National Council, told AFP.
But she added: “Important elements remain too ambiguous… and the plan is too vague to foresee real and immediate action.”
At a meeting on Saturday, world powers agreed a plan for a transition in Syria that could include current regime members, although the West did not see any role for President Bashar-al Assad in a new unity government.
Both Russia and China, which have twice blocked UN Security Council resolutions on Syria, insisted that Syrians themselves must decide how the transition should be carried out rather than allow others to dictate their fate.
However, both Moscow and Beijing signed up to the deal.
“There are two positive elements” that emerged from Geneva, Qadmani said in a telephone interview.
“The first one is that the final declaration says that the participants agree to say that the Assad family cannot rule the country any more, and therefore the Assad family cannot lead the transition period.”
“The second positive element is the agreement that the transition should comply with the legitimate aspirations of Syrian people.
“For us this means that Assad should go because Syrian people have already said that they want Assad to go.”
But she underlined that the plan was too vague for immediate action.
“We are totally opposed to the fact that stopping violence is not a precondition to the political process.”
Though the SNC had yet to publish its official position, former chief Burhan Ghalioun described the plan as a “farce,” according to the opposition coalition’s official Facebook page.
Ghalioun called a “mockery” the notion that Syrians should negotiate with “their executioner, who has not stopped killing, torturing… and raping women for 16 months.”
“The Syrian people only have one option now, and that is to fight a war of popular liberation,” he said.
The Local Coordination Committees, which organizes protests on the ground in Syria, said the outcome showed once again the international community’s failure to adopt a common position.
It called the transition accord “just one version, different in form only, of the demands of Russian leaders allied to the Assad regime and who cover it militarily and politically in the face of international pressure.”
“The new agreement contains obscure turns of phrase that give the Assad regime’s gangs another chance to play for time in suppressing the popular revolution and to silence it through violence and massacres.”