Syrian opposition to form National Council in two weeks

Members of the council will be announced soon, opposition figures, from inside and outside Syria, said after their meeting at an Istanbul hotel on Tuesday.

Syrian opposition to form National Council in two weeks

Syrian opposition members, who have been having meetings in Istanbul over the past three days, agreed to form a Syrian National Council in next two weeks.

Members of the council will be announced soon, opposition figures, from inside and outside Syria, said after their meeting at an Istanbul hotel on Tuesday.

Khaled Massaleh, a member of Syrian opposition, read out a declaration on behalf of anti-Assad figures. The declaration said: "Syria is moving toward a new dawn built by the blood of its people. Current Syrian regime has lost all its moral and political legitimacy."

The council will have three major objectives, Massaleh said, adding: "The first objective is to ensure a transition to a modern and participatory democratic system from the current despotic regime ... The second is to make sure that this transition would be free from any foreign intervention ... And third, we have to underscore the national character of the Syrian revolution."

Syrian opposition figures called on every Syrian political groups to join this new council for a broad cooperation and asked support for a healthy transition to democracy.

This was not the first time Syrian opposition figures have gathered in Turkey after the Syria unrest erupted five months ago. Syrian opposition, aiming to create a unified opposition to President Bashar al-Assad's government, met in Antalya in June and in Istanbul in July.

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