There are wise people in the regime whose hands have not been stained with blood, can be talked to, but Assad’s stepping aside is a must, President of the National Coalition of the Syrian Opposition Revolution Forces Ahmad Muaz al-Khatib said Thursday.
Al-Khatib told al-Jazeera’s Ahmad Mansour that in Syria citizens need a “judicial record to prove that hs is not sentenced, in order to obtain a driving license, so how can we accept to be led by somebody who is responsible for the killing of 50,000 martyrs today?”
“We cannot talk with him,” he asserted.
However, al-Khatib hoped there would be a political solution that would spare the Syrians’ bloodshed.
He criticized those who call for “jihad” in Syria, saying that “Jihad in my opinion is a sacred issue, but we need to beware efforts to change the struggle in Syria into a Sunni-Shiite conflict.”
Al-Khatib added that if Russia offers an agenda for the meeting with the Coalition, “we will accept,” suggesting however that any meeting with the Russians should take place in Cairo or any other Arab country.
At another level, Slovenia on Thursday recognized Syria's opposition National Coalition forces as the only legitimate representative of the Syrian people.
"Syrian president Bashar Assad has lost all legitimacy to continue governing Syria and the National Coalition has proved to be a relevant and credible partner in discussions with the international community," the government said in a statement.
More than 60,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict since it began with a brutal crackdown on peaceful demonstrations in March 2011, the United Nations said on Wednesday.