Keep up with the news by installing RT’s extension for . Never miss a story with this clean and simple app that delivers the latest headlines to you.

 

Syrian opposition totally dependent on foreign sponsors – senior Russian MP

Published time: October 14, 2013 10:12
A Rebel fighter aims his weapon during fighting against Syrian government forces on September 19, 2013 in the Saif al-Dawla district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. (AFP Photo/JM Lopez)

A Rebel fighter aims his weapon during fighting against Syrian government forces on September 19, 2013 in the Saif al-Dawla district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. (AFP Photo/JM Lopez)

The Syrian opposition’s refusal to attend the peace conference in Geneva is a result of the desire of its foreign sponsors to thwart the peace process, claims the head of State Duma’s Foreign Relations Committee.

The Syrian Opposition lacks independence. It totally depends on external support. All its steps are backed with interests and calculations of its foreign sponsors,” Aleksey Pushkov tweeted on Monday.

He also stated that several countries were hoping to thwart the Geneva-2 summit, naming this as the main reason behind the refusal of the Syrian National Council to participate in this meeting.

There will be more such attempts,” Pushkov wrote.

According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry, the Geneva-2 summit, co-sponsored by Russia and the USA, is currently preliminarily scheduled for mid-November. The final date will be determined soon in consultations with the UN Security Council and the League of Arab States.

On Sunday the head of one Syrian National Council (SNC) George Sabra told reporters that his group would not attend the Geneva-2 talks, adding that any talks were possible only after the removal of President Bashar Assad and his government. Moreover, the SNC leader promised to sever the alliances with any other opposition groups if they decide to take part in Geneva-2 pace conference.

In late September the president of the broad National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, Ahmad Jarba, claimed in the letter to the leaders of the United Nations that his group had decided to participate in the Geneva talks on the condition that other parties agree to transfer the power in the country to a provisional government with full executive powers.

The UN, Russia and the US have earlier backed the transitional government plan, but there is still no agreement on whether or not President Assad should stay in power.

Comments (11)

 

Rick Albee 16.10.2013 03:52

Aka State Sponsored Terrorism.

 

rogirl 16.10.2013 03:50

President Bashar Assad is a strong intelligent and good leader of Syria and his only crime being that he is not a weak stupid puppet leader that can be manipulated by outside forces. Bashar has a backbone, he is loved by the majority of the Syrian people and he represents what leaders of countires ought to be and not what most of them are. So in the name of democracy and the decency of man may President Bashar rule Syria until he or the majority of Syrians wish that he no longer hold the post. Bravo Bashar Assad.

 

Ade Chapman 16.10.2013 03:07

To bully the situation by demands over peace talks is a losing negative move. Peace talks will always be the right path to hope for all mankind!

View all comments (11)
Add comment

Authorization required for adding comments

Register or

Name

Password

Show password

Register

or Register

Request a new password

Send

or Register

To complete a registration check
your Email:

OK

or Register

A password has been sent to your email address

Edit profile

X

Name

New password

Retype new password

Current password

Save

Cancel

Follow us