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Syrian opposition calls for holding dialogue

July 09, 2012, 18:51 UTC+3
The authorities had refused to hold talks with the Democratic Tribune
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MOSCOW, July 9 (Itar-Tass) — The Syrian opposition calls for holding a democratic dialogue, head of the Syrian opposition delegation Michel Kilo said.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Kilo said the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad was a secondary issue.

“We want a dialogue, but it should be accompanied by violence and it should be only democratic and based on international law,” he stressed. “First of all, it is necessary to start a transition period. If the government agrees with these conditions, we will launch the dialogue just tomorrow,” the opposition leader said, adding that the authorities had refused to hold talks with the Democratic Tribune (DT).

Commenting on the fate of the Syrian president, the opposition leader said the problem was not in the concrete person. The fate of al-Assad is nothing amidst the continuing violence in the country. The regime itself pursues the goal to destroy Syria, Kilo said.

For his part, a member of the Democratic Tribune group, Dr. Samir Aita, said the transition process in Syria should begin by the resignation of President Bashar Al-Assad.

“We believe that the transition period should begin by the resignation of Bashar Al-Assad. A transition national government and an interim legislative council should be formed,” Dr. Aita said.

In his words, “the dialogue with the Syrian government is useless and impossible.”

At the same time, Dr. Aita accused the Syrian president of wrecking the Kofi Annan Plan. He noted that violence continued in the country.

 

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