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Radical rebels reject Syrian opposition coalition, calling for Islamic state

English.news.cn   2012-11-19 22:47:15            

DAMASCUS, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- Various of rebel factions, including members of the al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front, dismissed Monday the newly-formed Syrian opposition coalition abroad and said they want to establish an Islamic state instead.

In a televised statement posted online by the "fighting battalions in Aleppo and its suburbs," several leaders of rebel groups appeared flanking a rounded table with a bearded man sitting in the center, with a black flag behind him and the Muslim holy Quran before him, reading the statement.

"We reject the conspiratorial project about the national coalition," the bearded man said, adding that "we have come to agree on the establishment of a fair and Islamic state."

After a five-day meeting held in the Qatari capital of Doha last week, Syrian opposition abroad signed an agreement to form a new coalition called the Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces, in the hope of having a unified entity to face the administration of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The new coalition mainly composed of opposition groups outside Syria and also activists from inside the country as well as rebels ' commanders.

Once the new coalition earns international approval, its members will form an interim government in exile and will call for a national conference once the Syrian current administration is ousted, according to a draft of the agreement.

The opposition bloc also agreed to establish a new supreme military council to take over all command of rebel groups.

The coalition has been met with rejection from the opposition inside Syria, and now from the ragtag groups fighting against the government troops under several umbrellas and banners.

"We reject any external project whether it was a coalition or a council imposed on us by any party," the bearded rebel said.

Meanwhile, the National Coordination Body (NCB), the main opposition group inside Syria, said Monday that they had boycotted the opposition meeting in Doha because "we want the democratic change to be made inside the country, but not by a foreign will."

In a press conference held in the capital Damascus, the NCB said that no one has the right to claim to be the legitimate representative of the Syrian people without resorting to balloting boxes.

The NCB also said that it had boycotted the recent conference in Tehran, because "it was an uncalculated step and just an attempt to retaliate against the Doha one."

"We have repeatedly said that we are with curbing the violence in order to establish a political process that could come up with drastic change and rid the country of the current regime for the interest of the future Syria," the NCB said in a statement.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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