News Analysis: New Syrian opposition bloc wins recognition, role remains dubious

Updated: 2012-11-13 15:15:00


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CAIRO, November 13 (Xinhua) -- Syria's newly-united opposition has won recognition of the Arab League, but whether it could bring the long-awaited peace for the war-torn country remains unclear.

The Arab League on Monday recognized the newly-formed Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces as the "representative of the aspirations of Syrian people."

However, there was reluctance and disputes among Arab states over the recognition of the coalition, which explained why the Arab League foreign ministers' meeting in Cairo did not state clearly that the new Syrian National Coalition was the sole legitimate Syrian voice.

Before the meeting, the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) also recognized the new Syrian opposition coalition, describing it as "the legitimate representative of the Syrian people," a clearer statement than that of the Arab League.

The representativeness of the new coalition, composed mainly of opposition groups outside Syria, has been questioned by many after it was formed Sunday in the Qatari capital of Doha.

Luai Hussain, head of the opposition Building Syria State party, said his party rejects everything that comes out of the overseas-based opposition.

"We reject the formation of any transitional government abroad and any other decision ... and we regard such act as direct and real aggression on Syrians' right to choose their leadership and determine their destinies."

He said his party will mobilize Syrian public opinion to thwart efforts to form a government abroad.

"The formation of any interim government abroad would be conducive to increasing division in the Syrian society, and thus would widen the platform of a civil war," he added.

Along with other leading opponents, Hussain did not take part in the Doha meeting apparently because he was not invited.

While risking triggering serious disputes inside the opposition camp, the coalition does not seem to give Syrian people much hope for peace soon as it has ruled out talks with the government.

The Syrian government has dismissed the Doha meeting, saying it was a "new form of foreign interference that aims to market an old product ... in a new form."

In an interview with state-run Syrian TV, Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said this "product" would never be marketed locally and popularly because "any Syrian, even if he was an opponent, would not accept to be part of such project."

"Dialogue is the sole option in Syria that can succeed," he stressed.