Syrian President Bashar Assad told the Arab League-U.N. envoy Wednesday that foreign support for the armed opposition must end if any political solution to the country’s conflict is to succeed, state-run media said.
The United States, Russia and the U.N. have been trying for months to bring the Syrian government and the opposition together in Geneva to attempt to negotiate a political resolution to the conflict.
The meeting Wednesday between Brahimi and Assad was the first direct contact between the men in 10 months.
Russia sees the Coalition as just one part of the opposition and has suggested that several delegations, including Damascus-based figures tolerated by the government, could represent Assad’s foes.
Ahmad Jarba, president of the opposition coalition, has publicly resisted calls to commit to attending the so-called Geneva conference, saying the Coalition will not take part if there is any chance Assad might cling to power.
Even if Jarba were to attend, he has no authority over the rebel brigades battling to overthrow Assad.
(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)