Istanbul Meet Urges Unity

Istanbul Meet Urges Unity

Nearly 150 members of the Syrian opposition met in Istanbul yesterday for the beginning of a three-day conference to focus on “transitional governance and management after the downfall of the [Syrian President Bashar] al-Assad regime.” The members, from many different rebel groups, emphasized “the need to stand together against the al-Assad regime,”...

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Syrian opposition to form government in exile

Syrian opposition to form government in exile

Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat – More than 200 members of various Syrian opposition groups, following a three-day conference in Istanbul, issued a general declaration agreeing to form a “government in exile” in preparation for the transitional phase in Syria. Syrian political and military opposition figures, from inside the country and abroad, responded to an...

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Syrian opposition group tells U.S. to stay out of internal politics

“The politics of the United States are very, very bad, very stupid,” said Mohammed Sarmini, spokesman for the Syrian National Council, whose 310 members represent most of the major parties and organizations in exile. “This may be an American project, but it is very offensive to the Syrian people. You should support us on the ground, not get into our politics.”

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Experts divided on number of Syrians in need of shelter, food

Experts divided on number of Syrians in need of shelter, food

The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, the organization’s refugee agency, estimated last week that 360,000 Syrians had fled the country, but a UNHCR official told McClatchy that the number may be double that, more than 700,000, including 150,000 Syrians who’ve sought refuge in Egypt, a nation that shares no borders with Syria.

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Syrian rebels launch initiative for a general assembly

Syrian rebels launch initiative for a general assembly

“We announce here that revolution will no doubt succeed with all the sacrifices the Syrian people have made, despite the fact that they are being let down by the international community. But we believe in our ability to liberate most Syrian areas; we have already managed to liberate many areas, including the countryside of Damascus. From there arose the need to administer those liberated areas; to provide civilians security and stability and to provide their basic needs. Therefore the conference agreed on the need to set aside our ideological differences to agree on creating a general assembly-in-exile. It would be in the form of a transitional general assembly to grab more political support from the international and Arab community, in order to support the revolution,” the declaration read.

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Istanbul meet urges unity

Istanbul meet urges unity

Nearly 150 members of the Syrian opposition met in Istanbul yesterday for the beginning of a three-day conference to focus on “transitional governance and management after the downfall of the [Syrian President Bashar] al-Assad regime.” The members, from many different rebel groups, emphasized “the need to stand together against the al-Assad regime,” during the meeting in Istanbul.

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