01-05-2017 03:24 AM Jerusalem Timing

Syria Opposition Parties Slam “Hegemony” of Arab, Regional Countries

Syria Opposition Parties Slam “Hegemony” of Arab, Regional Countries

Syrian opposition parties slammed the external interference in the Syrian affairs, accusing regional countries of hegemony over the opposition body group, Syrian National coalition.

Syrian opposition parties slammed the external interference in the Syrian affairs, accusing regional countries of hegemony over the opposition body group, Syrian National coalition.Arab summit

In a letter addressed to the Arab League, which is meeting in Doha for the Arab summit, a group of prominent opposition figures warned that the opposition was experiencing a crisis as a result.

"The crisis in the Syrian opposition is worsening... (because of) what is happening inside the National Coalition and the actions of those who dominate it," the letter said.

It criticized "the conflicts between the leaders of the coalition, the dictatorial control exercised by one of its currents over its decisions and actions, and the flagrant hegemony of diverse Arab and regional players."

The signatories, who include several liberal activists such as Michel Kilo, Abdel Razzak Eid, Walid al-Bunni and Basma Kodmani, called instead for the creation of an executive body or consensus government chosen by a broad spectrum of the opposition.

The letter also urged "restructuring the Coalition to balance it and keep it beyond the control of any one party or current."
Earlier another opposition party, Building Syria State slammed the coalition move to form an interim government and take up the country's long-vacant seat at the Arab League.

It described the action as "brazen", saying "the establishment of a provisional government was a prelude to fragmenting Syria and pitting the Syrian people against each other."

Whoever took Syria's seat in such a fabricated way would be conspiring with external forces who wanted to see Syria divided, as the move complicated the internal crisis and blocked efforts for a peaceful solution, the Damascus-based Building Syria State party said Monday.

"Countries who support the coalition in taking up the seat are sparing no efforts to divide Syria," Building Syria State said in a commentary, apparently referring to the Coalition's key backers, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.