Presidential Political and Media Advisor Bouthaina Shaaban said that Thursday’s talks between the Syrian Arab Republic delegation and the Syrian National Coalition delegation of the so-called “opposition” will tackle terrorism.
Shaaban said the U.N. envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, has became convinced that they must discuss how to stop terrorism as a start.
In press statements issued Wednesday, Shaaban said that the Coalition delegation of the so-called “opposition” doesn’t want to discuss anything other than how it can rise to power, adding that this is what those who support it want as well.
She pointed out that that former U.S. Ambassador to Damascus Robert Ford came out into the open Tuesday to confirm that he leads the Coalition delegation of so-called “opposition”. Previously, he was leading it covertly.
Shaaban said that Ford addressed the Syrian people as if he were a high commissioner, telling the Syrian people what they want, don’t want, what is good and what is not good for them, forgetting that Syria is 10, 000 years old and that the Syrians have dignity. She said those he meets and dictates to do not represent Syria nor its people.
Shaaban said the Coalition delegation of so-called “opposition” doesn’t care about first Geneva communiqué nor about Syria; all they care about is reaching a transitional stage to carry out what its supporters want, adding that the Coalition only represent foreign interests which are hostile towards Syria and its people.
Regarding the U.S. Congress decision to continue arming the so-called “opposition” and whether the issue was discussed with Brahimi, Shaaban said that Syria’s Permanent Representative to the U.N., Bashar al-Jaafari discussed the matter with Brahimi.
She said that it’s unclear whether the contradiction in U.S. policy is a result of difference between different U.S. sides and contrasted it with the Russian government, which has been consistent in its positions and statements.
Translated and edited by The Syrian Observer