(PRWEB) February 11, 2013
The Syrian Expatriates Organization (SEO) is dismayed by Bashar al-Assad’s unwillingness to negotiate with the Syrian opposition despite repeated calls for talks from opposition leader Mouaz al-Khatib. Recently, Syrian opposition leader Mouaz al-Khatib offered to sit down with the Syrian regime to negotiate an end to the conflict in order to save Syrian lives and what remains of the country’s infrastructure. Assad has yet to formally respond to this call however, the pro-regime al-Wattan newspaper issued an editorial stating that al-Khatib’s offer was “too little too late”.
SEO believes al-Khatib’s proposal to sit down with Syrian Vice President Faruq al-Sharaa for negotiates was a brave initiative. SEO board member, Dr Iyad Azrak, stated “al-Khatib’s willingness to take an unpopular stance in order to end the conflict and save the Syrian nation reflects the opposition’s desire to unify, rather than divide the Syrian people.” Dr Azrak added “Assad has chosen to respond to al-Khatib’s peaceful offer with more murders, more rapes and more detentions. This, along with al-Wattan’s editorial, is a clear signal that he is unwilling to negotiate. This is a clear signal that he is willing to take Syria, no matter the consequences. Al-Khatib’s offer to sit down with Assad’s regime shows that Al-Khatib realizes that the new Syria should not be built on rubble and scorched earth.”
As reported by France 24 article published on February 3rd-2013, Assad's allies have responded favorably to al-Khatib’s offer. Iran, a nation that openly supports Assad with weapons, soldiers and logistics, welcomed the opposition’s offer. Russia, an open supporter of Assad, also welcomed the offer, as well as leaders from nations have met the Syrian opposition leader over the past week.
SEO spokesperson Dr Waleed Brinjikji, stated: “to finally see Assad’s biggest allies sit down with the Syrian opposition shows that they realize that Assad’s grip on power is loosening. Should Assad continue to refuse further negotiations, SEO hopes that Assad’s allies do an about-face and join the international community in calling for his departure."