Syrian opposition leaders to meet in Paris this month: French Foreign Minister
22 Jan 2013 07:44 GMT
 
Paris: The situation of Syria is getting worst by each passing day and the months-old armed fight between the Syrian forces led by the President Bashar al-Assad and Syrian opposition fighters has claimed thousands of lives so far. There have been no talks between the two opposite forces to resolve the grave crisis; however, Syrian opposition leaders are going to meet in France later this month to negotiate on the restoration of democracy in the country. By Farhan Iqbal

Paris: The situation of Syria is getting worst by each passing day and the months-old armed fight between the Syrian forces led by the President Bashar al-Assad and Syrian opposition fighters has claimed thousands of lives so far. There have been no talks between the two opposite forces to resolve the grave crisis; however, Syrian opposition leaders are going to meet in France later this month to negotiate on the restoration of democracy in the country.

The French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, announced on Sunday that Syrian opposition leaders will meet in French capital, Paris, in this month of January. The French Foreign Minister also severely criticized an “abominable” situation in which, he said, 100 people a day are being killed in an uprising against the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

He stated, “The situation is horrific and Bashar must go as fast as possible.”

“There will be a meeting of the coalition in Paris in a few days, on the 28th. It’s a coalition recognized by more than 100 countries, led by extremely respectable people who simply want to restore democracy in Syria,” he added.

Syria’s opposition leaders met in Istanbul, Turkey, on Saturday to launch their second bid to form a transitional government.

It is thought that the agreement among the National Coalition, a grouping formed last November, could help address international concern about the risk of Syria disintegrating along ethnic and sectarian lines if Assad falls.

Failure would highlight the divisions in the coalition, formed with Western and Gulf backing in Qatar, and undermine that support.

Fabius said that the Paris meeting later this month would involve the “main backers” of the opposition coalition.

France has been pressing hard for an end to a 22-month conflict in which 60,000 people have been killed, according to United Nations estimates.

“This is an abominable situation, with sadly around 100 people killed a day,” Fabius said.

Syria’s foreign minister said on Saturday that any discussion of Assad’s future is “unacceptable,” a week after an international envoy said that the president should not be part of a transitional government.



-- Al Arabiya Digital


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