Syrian ethnic groups forming new opposition party

Representatives of Syria's different ethnic and religious groups begin 3-day talks to determine new party name and leader.

Representatives of Syria's different ethnic and religious groups begin 3-day talks to determine new party name and leader.

GAZIANTEP - Syrian opposition groups from different ethnicity and religions announced Wednesday they are establishing a new party, the name and leader of which have yet to be determined.

"We are forming a new party to gather different ethnic and religious groups under one umbrella, and to lay the foundations for a strong Syria after the current order's fall," Syria's former ambassador to Baghdad told Anadolu Agency at a three-day meeting organized by Arabs Association for Solidarity and Assistance (ARAP-DER) in Turkey's south-eastern border province of Gaziantep.

Expressing the groups' aims to be politically active in Syria and prepare for what he called the "post-independence war" period, Nawaf Fares said their most important objective is the formation of a political entity to preserve and protect their country with a "solid infrastructure."

"We are dreaming of a country based on the principles of law where every citizen can express themselves freely and enjoy their rights," he added.

More than 100,000 people have died in Syria’s three-year civil war, and there are 2.5 million refugees in neighboring countries.

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