(Image Source: Al Jazeera)

BY JOHN O’CONNOR
Anchor Candice Aviles


Syrian opposition groups have agreed to form a new, unified political body Sunday after several weeks of negotiations in Qatar. CNN reports the new coalition …

“…will coordinate the fight against President Al-Assad’s regime. It will also administer rebel held areas and if the rebels prevail, eventually transition into a new Syrian government.”  

The Wall Street Journal reports the 12-point agreement plan is designed to serve as a central hub for the previously fractured opposition movement.

“It forms a coalition that better represents local activists inside Syria—taking some authority away from exiled dissidents out of touch with the rebel insurgency. The body also aims to administer the flow of funds and potentially arms to rebels … while ruling out negotiations with the regime until Mr. Assad steps aside.” 

But a correspondent for Al Jazeera says the new coalition has ironed out all of the details between the opposition groups yet, with members of the Syrian National Council saying …

“ … their institution should remain as an instrumental body within this new coalition. Members of the other opposition party said no, the SNC should cease to exist.” 

When asked whether the new details of the new agreement will be enough for the international community to recognize the opposition coalition as unified, the BBC’s Jim Muir says …  

“That is the promise, the deal that has been on the table. So they really will be honored to do that because that’s part of the whole package to not just recognize it, but to also provide it with substantial support.”  

According to opposition sources, more than 36,000 Syrians have been killed in the conflict which has now raged on for more than 20 months.

Syrian Opposition Groups Form New, Unified Coalition

by John O'Connor
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Nov 11, 2012

Syrian Opposition Groups Form New, Unified Coalition

 

(Image Source: Al Jazeera)

BY JOHN O’CONNOR
Anchor Candice Aviles


Syrian opposition groups have agreed to form a new, unified political body Sunday after several weeks of negotiations in Qatar. CNN reports the new coalition …

“…will coordinate the fight against President Al-Assad’s regime. It will also administer rebel held areas and if the rebels prevail, eventually transition into a new Syrian government.”  

The Wall Street Journal reports the 12-point agreement plan is designed to serve as a central hub for the previously fractured opposition movement.

“It forms a coalition that better represents local activists inside Syria—taking some authority away from exiled dissidents out of touch with the rebel insurgency. The body also aims to administer the flow of funds and potentially arms to rebels … while ruling out negotiations with the regime until Mr. Assad steps aside.” 

But a correspondent for Al Jazeera says the new coalition has ironed out all of the details between the opposition groups yet, with members of the Syrian National Council saying …

“ … their institution should remain as an instrumental body within this new coalition. Members of the other opposition party said no, the SNC should cease to exist.” 

When asked whether the new details of the new agreement will be enough for the international community to recognize the opposition coalition as unified, the BBC’s Jim Muir says …  

“That is the promise, the deal that has been on the table. So they really will be honored to do that because that’s part of the whole package to not just recognize it, but to also provide it with substantial support.”  

According to opposition sources, more than 36,000 Syrians have been killed in the conflict which has now raged on for more than 20 months.

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