The joint Chiefs-of-Staff of the Supreme Military Council have asked for half the number of seats in the expanded Syrian National Coalition, warning that the Coalition cannot be considered legitimate if it does not represent the opposition fighters on the ground.
Part of this demand includes that the head of the Council, Brigadier General Salim Idriss, recognize the government of Ghassan Hitto, as the nominations for interior and defense ministers were previously rejected during the Coalition expansion process.
A statement issued by the Chiefs-of-Staff read: "We understand that compromises have been made during the Coalition expansion regarding the number of politicians and revolutionary forces active on the ground."
They asked for 50% of the number of seats in the Coalition, “as a revolutionary and military force,” and said that “any attempt to procrastinate or postpone recognition of the legitimacy of the military representation will not succeed under any circumstances.”
“Finally, the legitimacy of the Coalition stems from inside the country only. Any attempt to delay legitimate representation by the military revolutionary forces will make the Coalition illegitimate.”
Translated and Edited by The Syrian Observe