A member of the Syrian High Negotiations Committee (HNC) said that the Syrian opposition has decided to reveal its plans for a political transition in the country to help end the war that has been going on for more than five years during a meeting for ministers of countries supporting the political process in Syria. The meeting will be held in London next week.
In comments that Hind Kabawat sent to Reuters via email, she said that the opposition delegation will present a detailed vision for Syria in the future. She added that this includes the formation of a transitional governing body with full executive powers.
Kabawat also said that other details regarding the vision would include the length of the transition period, a mechanism to ensure fair representation of minorities and plans for the reform and reconstitution of government institutions.
There is little sign that the Syrian war will end after five and a half years of war in which 400,000 people have died and half the country’s population has been displaced.
The formation of a transitional governing body has been a key area of disagreement in the peace talks that the UN mediates because it implies an end to President Bashar Al-Assad’s monopoly on power.
The opposition says Assad and his closest allies can have no role in Syria’s future. A huge recurrence of violence means peace talks in Geneva have been on hold since the end of April, and the UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura has repeatedly said that the fighting in Syria must come to a halt before talks can resume.
Kabawat said the opposition would urge foreign ministers in London to take the steps needed to restore the diplomatic process and to hold Assad’s government accountable for its use of chemical weapons in Syria.
Kabawat added that the international community is failing Syrian civilians, recently in Aleppo, Daraya, and Moadamiya where no real steps to protect civilians or break sieges have been taken.