Opposition demand Syria's seat at Arab League

Syrian National Coalition says Assad regime must be ready for a political solution and power transition before any new round of talks

Syrian National Coalition says Assad regime must be ready for a political solution and power transition before any new round of talks

ISTANBUL - Syrian National Coalition spokesperson, Louay Safi, said on Monday that the Arab League should give Syria's vacant seat to the country's anti-Assad opposition. 

“SNC delegated its administrative power to the Syrian interim government in military, political and service issues. As we fulfilled the Arab League’s requirement, they should grant Syria's vacant seat to us,” Louay Safi told reporters after the Istanbul-based Coalition’s meeting on Monday.

The SNC held three-day meeting in Istanbul to discuss the fourth year of the Syrian revolution and the outcome of the Geneva-2 conference held in February.

“We have preconditions to participate in a possible Geneva-3,” Safi said.

“The Syrian regime must be ready for a political solution and power transition. Russia must change its attitute in United Nations Security Council regarding the Syrian issue. And the situation on the ground also must change.” 

Safi said the SNC was trying to procure proper weapons required to stop aerial attacks by the Syrian military. “The military help from the U.S. and Friends of Syrian People Core Group countries is not enough. Iran, Hezbollah and Russia are fully supporting the regime with their all weaponries. We also have a report stating that some Iraqi soldiers fight in Syria alongside the regime forces,” he said.

The Syrian civil war, which has entered its fourth year, has claimed more than 140,000 lives, according to the London-based Syrian Network for Human Rights.

Syria has been gripped by almost constant fighting since the regime of President Bashar al-Assad responded to anti-government protests in March 2011 with a violent crackdown, sparking a conflict which has spiraled into civil war.

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