Syrian Opposition Tries to Unify
Talks go into the morning, but no deal is in sight
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Nov 9, 2012 8:03 AM CST
Syrian dissident Riad Seif, center, speaks to the media at the meeting of the General Assembly of the Syrian National Council in Doha, Qatar, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012.   (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)

(Newser) – Syria's various opposition groups met in Doha, Qatar, yesterday and argued into this morning about a plan to form one unified government that could present a plausible alternative to that of Bashar al-Assad. Western governments say they want one group they can work with, instead of the hodgepodge that have been drawing support from various world powers. They're also hoping such a government could channel aid to rebel-held regions, to reduce the chaos that fosters jihadi organizations, the New York Times reports.

There was no deal in sight when talks broke off, the Wall Street Journal reports, but one rough plan being discussed would call for a body of about 60 dissidents, led by technocrats. Many had hoped the Syrian National Council could serve as an opposition government, but Hillary Clinton deemed the group a failure last month. It certainly hasn't kept hold of Syria's rebels, who have been swiftly losing public support thanks to their increasingly violent tactics, the Times reports.

  • In other Syria news, the fighting has intensified dramatically in recent days. Turkey says that roughly 8,000 refugees have fled across its border in the last 24 hours alone, Reuters reports. Rebels, meanwhile, captured the town of Ras al-Ain, opening another route to Turkey.

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HANKHILL
Nov 10, 2012 10:11 AM CST
heeeeheeeeeeee good luck with that one never happen!
bewilderbeast
Nov 10, 2012 4:07 AM CST
"Western governments say they want one group they can work with, instead of the hodgepodge that have been drawing support from various world powers." "Hodgepodge" ??? Yes, us Western powers BELIEVE in democracy. Except when it's a bit inconvenient. So you guys: Just unite, will ya? Y'know, act responsibly, like our Repub / Dem coalition.
AlexanderArgentina
Nov 9, 2012 12:44 PM CST
Makdissi: al-Arabi Hostile Statements against Syria Come before Presenting his Credentials to Doha, the Spearhead in Shedding the Syrian Blood Foreign and Expatriates Ministry Spokesman, Jihad Makdissi said that he is not surprised that Nabil al-Arabi repeated his hostile statements against Syria in which he imagined changing the political system of a founding state of the Arab League. Makdissi said that al-Arabi's hostile statements against Syria came before heading to the Qatari capital, Doha, which is the spearhead in shedding the blood of the Syrian people to present his credentials to terrorist countries and organizations which seek to destroy Syria only, adding that this move makes al-Arabi a partner, a sponsor and a tool in this flagrant targeting.