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Syrian National Coalition spokesperson, Louay Safi, said on Monday that the Arab League should give Syria's vacant seat to the country's anti-Assad opposition.
“SNC delegated its administrative power to the Syrian interim government in military, political and service issues. As we fulfilled the Arab League’s requirement, they should grant Syria's vacant seat to us,” Louay Safi told reporters after the Istanbul-based Coalition’s meeting on Monday.
The SNC held three-day meeting in Istanbul to discuss the fourth year of the Syrian revolution and the outcome of the Geneva-2 conference held in February.
“We have preconditions to participate in a possible Geneva-3,” Safi said.
“The Syrian regime must be ready for a political solution and power transition. Russia must change its attitute in United Nations Security Council regarding the Syrian issue. And the situation on the ground also must change.”
Safi said the SNC was trying to procure proper weapons required to stop aerial attacks by the Syrian military. “The military help from the U.S. and Friends of Syrian People Core Group countries is not enough. Iran, Hezbollah and Russia are fully supporting the regime with their all weaponries. We also have a report stating that some Iraqi soldiers fight in Syria alongside the regime forces,” he said.
The Syrian civil war, which has entered its fourth year, has claimed more than 140,000 lives, according to the London-based Syrian Network for Human Rights.
Syria has been gripped by almost constant fighting since the regime of President Bashar al-Assad responded to anti-government protests in March 2011 with a violent crackdown, sparking a conflict which has spiraled into civil war.
Syria opposition coalition 'committed' to Geneva-3
The Syrian National Coalition is stepping up efforts to re-launch Syria peace talks in a possible third round of Geneva negotiations.
A member of the Istanbul-based Coalition’s political committee, Ziyad Hassan told Anadolu Agency on Monday after a meeting that the group also decided to intensify its efforts to provide aid and services to the people of Syria.
He said that 44 former members returned to the Coalition, some assuming important roles.
The Coalition held a meeting on Monday to discuss the fourth year of the Syrian revolution and the outcome of the Geneva-2 conference held in February.
"Different groups (among the opposition) have different ideas about attending Geneva-3,” Hassan said.
“While one group wants to attend, another group has said they would attend only if certain conditions were met. We have been meeting with both sides so as to bring them all together under the same roof," he said.
Syrian National Coalition spokesperson Louay Safi said last week that the opposition group would attend ‘Geneva III’ talks, provided a senior U.N.-Arab League envoy put pressure on Russia to change its position on the Syrian crisis.
The Coalition has called on Lakhdar Brahimi to convince U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Wendy Sherman to put pressure on Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov to change Moscow’s position.
“Then we can consider the resumption of negotiations with (Syrian President Bashar) Assad's regime,” Safi said.
Safi's remarks came after reports emerged of a possible trilateral meeting between Brahimi, Sherman and Bogdanov in Geneva on April 10 to discuss the prospects of holding a Geneva-3 conference, a final attempt to settle the crisis. Brahimi has reportedly threatened to resign his envoy position.Last Mod: 08 Nisan 2014, 09:26