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Syrian Opposition is not willing to talk with the Government

(Omar al-Shaar | Dp-news)
Agencies- Syrian opposition called the Foreign Minister speech at UN General Assembly, a classic case of regime "propaganda," and dismissed his calls for dialogue as not genuine.

Al-Moallem called for a Syrian-led dialogue to agree on a roadmap to "a more pluralistic and democratic Syria."

His call, similar to other overtures made by Assad's regime, is unlikely to be heeded by the opposition.

Most opposition factions have repeatedly dismissed the government's purported peace initiatives as propaganda intended to buy time. They say they will accept nothing less that Assad stepping down as a precondition for talks.

But on many other points, the Syrian opposition's political factions and the rebel groups fighting on the ground are deeply divided.

"Propaganda" was the swift replay from the chief opposition group, the Syrian National Council, which released a statement saying the latest offer of peace talks came from a "brutal and delusional Syrian regime" that "continues to pay lip service to diplomacy."

"While the brutal and delusional Syrian regime continues to pay lip service to diplomacy, its actions over the past 18 months have demonstrated beyond any doubt that they have no interest in meaningful reform or dialogue" Radwan Ziadeh, a U.S.-based spokesman for the chief opposition group, the Syrian National Council, said in a statement.

Ziadeh said it was impossible to believe calls for political dialogue were genuine.

“He is calling for dialogue while his air force is attacking civilians in each city,” Ziadeh said. “He is a liar representing the propaganda of the Assad regime.”

Other members of the opposition said it was common knowledge that these neighboring Arab countries were supporting and financing the rebels, but said the President al-Assad government had brought it upon itself after cracking down on protests that began peacefully 18 months ago.

"It is the regime's mindless, brutal and criminal, military crackdown that pushed the Syrian people to ask for help from the international community, from NATO and from the devil himself if necessary to protect them," Haitham Manna, a Paris-based veteran Syrian dissident who heads the external branch of the National Coordination Body opposition group, told The Associated Press.

Mokhtar Lamani, who represents special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi in the Syrian capital, told The Associated Press in an interview that the large number of deeply divided rebel groups is one of the main obstacles the work of an international mission trying to broker an end Syria's 18-month crisis.

Lamani said that a solution to the country's crisis remains very difficult because of the "high level of mistrust between all parties."

Most opposition groups say they will accept nothing less than President Bashar al-Assad's departure from power, while the regime says its opponents are working as part of a foreign conspiracy.

Some 300,000 Syrians are registered, or waiting to register with the U.N. in Turkey, Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon and the agency expects the number to grow to 700,000 by the year's end.
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How democratic is the opposition?
Wim Roffel            10/2/2012 11:36:29 PM
Reports from Syria tell that there is still opposition activity in government controlled areas while the rebels expel or kill Assad supporters. So until now there is nothing to see from a democratic attitude on the side of the rebels. Assad's departure will solve nothing. Those rebel groups will simply come with the next demand - and so on until they have achieved complete surrender without ever negotiating. The real problem is that the opposition leaders are on the payroll of foreign interests. As long as these don't want a negotiated solution talking to the rebels is senseless. If one group would choose dialogue the money would simply flow to another group. So Brahimi is talking to the wrong guys: he should point out and talk to the money suppliers.
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