Kuwait summit won't give opposition Syria's Arab League seat
By Mustafa Youssef, Sunday, March 23, 2014
KUWAIT CITY – Arab foreign ministers on Sunday supported a draft resolution asking the Arab League to continue its consultations with the opposition on assuming Syria's Arab League seat.
The draft resolution reaffirmed a 2013 resolution welcoming the opposition as the sole and legitimate representative of the Syrian people.
Arab foreign ministers meeting in Doha last year had supported a decision to give the opposition bloc Syria's Arab League seat once the bloc forms an executive body.
The Syrian opposition insists it has met the criteria after forming an interim government.
The bloc has earlier sent a letter to the Arab League with the name of its nominee for Syria's representative at the pan-Arab body.
The head of the Syrian National Coalition Ahmed al-Jarba met Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi on March 11 and asked him to hand Syria's seat to the coalition, but al-Arabi pointed to the absence of some necessary institutions within the coalition.
Syria's Arab League membership has been frozen for two years now.
Syria's civil war has entered its fourth year, leaving tens of thousands of people dead and millions displaced both internally and in neighboring countries.
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