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article imageSyrian opposition call for interim gov. to rule over all Syria

By Paul Iddon     Mar 18, 2013 in Politics
The rebel chief of the Syrian opposition has today announced that the Free Syrian Army wants the interim government, currently based in Turkey, to rule over all of Syria.
The rebel chief Mr. Selim Idriss says that the opposition see Assad's government as little more than "an occupation government." He says he can guarantee that weapons the Europeans are skeptical about supplying, over fears they will end up in the hands of Islamist extremists currently in action on the ground in Syria, "will not fall into the wrong hands."
He said the western countries should train the rebels so they can ensure that Assad's chemical weapons don't end up in the possession of the Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah militia.
These pronouncements come as the Syrian National Coalition met in Turkey in order to pick an interim prime minister who is tasked with governing and administrating the swaths of territory Assad hasn't a grip on at present. Idriss said that the Free Syrian Army accordingly "demand an interim government for all Syrian territory, one that would be the only legitimate government in the country." He went on to say that Assad's government "has lost its legitimacy."
The new government is to be based in Syria in the near future. A spokesperson for the Syrian National Council fittingly said that, "A Skype government is not going to work" -- clearly demonstrating the firm held understanding of his organization that for a Syrian government to functional effectively it needs to be based in the country it is governing. (Bangkok Post, March 18 2013)
Idriss also explained that, "With its limited weapons capacity, the FSA can secure the liberated territories against all attacks by the army, except air and missile attacks." He went on to say that his "message is very clear, we in Syria need weapons and ammunition to fight."
He went on to claim that, "We in the FSA are fighting to put a stop to an abusive, dictatorial system, which with the help of Russia and Iran is slaughtering the Syrian people and destroying the country . . . We fight to establish democracy in the country."
He offered some honest criticism when he stated that the FSA is "honestly unhappy with the stance taken by friends of Syria, especially those in the free world -- the European Union and our friends in the United States." (Middle East Online, March 18 2013)
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