World Bulletin/News Desk
The Syrian National Coalition will not negotiate with the Assad regime despite being satisfied with the "London 11 Final Communique on Syria" which was released after the Tuesday meeting of 11 foreign ministers, including Turkey's Ahmet Davutoglu, in London.
Representative of the Syrian National Coalition in London Waled Saffour spoke to Anadolu Agency about the meeting hosted by National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces President Ahmad Jarba.
Saffour conveyed they were especially pleased with the statement in the communique saying, "Assad and his close associates with blood on their hands will have no role in Syria" after the establishment of the transitional government body. Despite not having taken part in writing the communique, he noted they nonetheless found it "constructive and positive."
Saffour indicated that the decision of whether the National Coalition will attend the Geneva 2 peace conference will be discussed at a general meeting in Istanbul on November 1 and 2.
Addressing the regime's "unjust siege" in some parts of the country, Saffour said, "Assad says that he accepted the Geneva 2 talks. If you accepted, why are you bombarding?"
He stressed their desire that the regime "release Syrian citizens" who were arrested.
Asked if they would sit at the table with Assad's delegation to discuss the future of Syria if they decided to attend the Geneva 2 peace conference, Saffou replied, "It was very clear we would not sit with Bashar al-Assad or anyone who has blood on his hands, taking part in oppression or violation in Syria. But we will sit with those who are not related with the killings, and with the backing of the Friends of the Syria and the Arab League, this is the situation."Last Mod: 23 Ekim 2013, 15:53