Syria internal opposition urges peaceful solution to end unrest
Posted by seumasach on September 23, 2012
23rd September, 2012
Members of Syria’s internal opposition are holding a conference in the capital Damascus to find ways to end months of bloody unrest in the country.
The meeting dubbed the “Syria Salvation Conference” was organized by the National Coordination Body (NCB). Iranian, Russian and Chinese envoys also attended the Friday meeting.
A statement distributed to journalists said the participants in the conference have agreed on a number of principles, including a peaceful political solution to the country’s unrest and an immediate ceasefire.
The statement added that following the ceasefire, the opposition and representatives of the Syrian government would start negotiations (on a peaceful transition of power).
“The main goal now is to put an immediate end to the violence in Syria, whether from the government side or the armed groups,” Russia’s ambassador Azamat Kulmukhametov said.
“The other goal is no less important, to convert the current confrontation … into a peaceful political solution,” he added.
Syria’s foreign-backed opposition groups and the terrorist Free Syrian Army (FSA) refused to attend the meeting.
The NCB’s Rajaa al-Nasser said the Damascus authorities permitted all Syrian political figures to attend the conference “without restrictions.” NCB opposes the violent uprising, as well as any foreign military intervention, and is more inclined to negotiate a peaceful settlement to the 18-month crisis in Syria.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the turmoil.
The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the armed militants are foreign nationals.