Thursday, 8 November 2012

Syria (and Beyond) Live Coverage: What Next for the Opposition?


0615 GMT: It is only 72 hours since the launch of the "Syrian National Initiative", the US-backed attempt to organise a new opposition leadership supplanting the Syrian National Council, but there are always signs that it is being put aside --- or at least complemented --- by other moves.

On Wednesday, Arab League Secretary-General Nabil el-Araby made the call for the groups meeting in Qatar to reach agreement: "It is important to unify the opposition's visions, especially because everyone knows that the regime in Syria will not remain for long and one day there will be a new situation in Syria." 

Yet as the Doha meeting promised a new leadership by Thursday, the more interesting statement came from an unexpected source, British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Amid a tour of the Middle East, Cameron not only said that London would deal directly with leaders of the insurgency but also urged President Obama, now that he has been re-elected, to take decisive action. After a visit to a desert refugee camp for Syrians in northern Jordan, he told reporters, "I am hearing appalling stories about what has happened inside Syria so one of the first things I want to talk to Barack [Obama] about is how we must do more to try and solve this crisis".

n Ankara, a Foreign Ministry spokesman pointed to another initiative for a "protected zone" inside Syria. He said Turkey is in talks with NATO about the possible deployment of anti-ballistic missiles, although Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan noted that no formal request had been made.


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