"Former" U.S. Ambassador to Damascus Robert Ford reportedly issued instructions from the Obama administration to the members of the opposition "National Coalition of Doha" in Istanbul Friday to join political efforts.to solve the crises in Syria, in accordance with an agreement from Moscow and Washington last week.
Media reports said that Ford met with Coalition members to convince them of the importance of joining in negotiations with Syrian government.
The Coalition, however, was established on the basis of rejecting any such dialogue with the regime, the Geneva Declaration and all other peaceful initiatives to end the crisis. It called for military support for the terrorists operating in Syria and for foreign intervention in all different forms.
It remains unclear, however, whether Ford advised or ordered the opposition to join the dialogue, after he told them that the American attitude has not changedafter reaching an agreement with Russia. He said America's position is based on the same conditions, despite the fact the Geneva Communique did not specify any pre-conditions for talks and the fact that the Coalition, led by the United States, failed to impose its conditions on Syrian people, despite political and diplomatic pressure and its open support for foreign terrorists operating in Syria.
Ford told Coalition members that by not participating in dialogue, they will harm America itself, reportedly adding that political negotiations are the fastest way reach a solution that all wish for.
Other media sources said that Ford tried to convince so-called Damascus Declaration opposition bloc to participate in the dialogue in order to increase the pressure on the Muslim Brotherhood which forms the majority in the Coalition.
Background (Syrian Observer)