by Mohamed Cherif, swissinfo.ch
Swiss-based Syrian opposition figure Nidal Darwish was involved in creating the Syrian National Council (SNC) – a platform for opposition to President Bashar al-Assad.
In an interview with swissinfo.ch, Darwish talks about the motives behind the formation of this council and its prospects of success following several failed attempts to bring together the various strands and groups comprising Syria’s opposition.
Darwish, a member of the Political Bureau of the Syrian Revolution General Commission (SRGC) – a coalition of 40 Syrian opposition groups – took part in the inaugural meeting of the SNC in Istanbul on October 2.
Anti-government protests began in Syria in March prompting a crackdown by Damascus.