Syria opposition in disarray as leader resigns..Kerry tells Iraq to help stop arms shipments to Syria

117023-syria-oppn-in-disarray-as-leader-resigns

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/syria-oppn-in-disarray-as-leader-resigns/story-fn3dxix6-1226605111565

OPPOSITION chief Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib has announced his resignation from the National Coalition, throwing Syria’s divided opposition into disarray ahead of an Arab summit.

“I announce my resignation from the National Coalition, so that I can work with a freedom that cannot possibly be had in an official institution,” Khatib said in a statement posted on his Facebook page on Sunday.

Neither the Coalition’s presidential office nor its general assembly has yet accepted Khatib’s resignation, the group said in a statement.

“Some coalition members have asked Khatib to return to his post,” an opposition source told AFP, adding the group had yet to decide whether to accept Khatib’s decision.

And key opposition backer Qatar called on Khatib to reverse his decision, the official news agency QNA reported, citing Prime Minister and top diplomat Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem Al-Thani.

Hamad said he “hoped Khatib will reconsider his decision to resign, because it has come at a critical and important moment”, QNA said.

Khatib’s announcement threw Syria’s divided opposition into chaos just two days before Arab heads of state were due to decide in Doha whether to give it Damascus’s vacant seat in the Arab League.

Set up in Doha in November, the coalition is a dissident group recognised by dozens of states and organisations as legitimate representative of the Syrian people.

Khatib’s surprise resignation came just days after the first election in Istanbul of a rebel prime minister, Ghassan Hitto, and just over two years on from the outbreak of a popular revolt against President Bashar al-Assad.

***

25diplo-articleLarge

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/25/world/middleeast/baghdad-kerry-iraq-arms-shipments-to-syria.html?_r=0

Secretary of State John Kerry told Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki during a visit to Baghdad on Sunday that Iraq must take steps to stop the shipment of Iranian weapons to Syria if it wanted to participate in broader discussions about that country’s future.

Secretary of State John Kerry told Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki during a visit to Baghdad on Sunday that Iraq must take steps to stop the shipment of Iranian weapons to Syria if it wanted to participate in broader discussions about that country’s future.

———-

background on al-khatib here: http://seeker401.wordpress.com/2012/11/12/syria-opposition-bloc-elects-christian-as-leader-syria-cleric-moaz-al-khatib-to-lead-opposition/

interesting move here..with the wests boy al-khatib falling on his sword..but being begged to stay in the job..

“He resigned after the coalition berated him for offering Assad a negotiated deal and after the group went ahead, despite his objections, with steps to form a provisional government that would have further diminished his authority.”

and kerry still trying to wedge iran into the syrian war..will iraq force a plane to land?..we will see..

we will investigate whoever they replace al-khatib with..if that eventuates..

401

About these ads

~ by seeker401 on March 26, 2013.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 875 other followers

%d bloggers like this: