While being interviewed with Okaz newspaper, Vice-President Hisham Marwa stated that “we told the UN envoy, de Mistura, that what we need now are negotiations, as the longer the war grinds on with Assad in power, it means more shedding of Syrian blood.
He referred to the consensus during the meetings with de Mistura and EU representative Lara Scarpetta in Geneva, specifically the removal of the Assad regime and the fight against terrorism. “We have emphasized that the Assad regime is responsible for many of the terrorist operations and it oversaw the manufacture of extremist groups.”
Marwa also stated “the argument that the departure of Assad may lead to the collapse of the Syrian state is being dismissed by a growing number of countries after the regime has been fully exposed to the world public opinion. This prompted countries such as Russia, one of Assad’s main supporters, to admit the importance of reaching a political solution in Syria.”
He stresses the ability of the Syrian Coalition and the rebel factions to put up effective governance through the interim government once a political solution is achieved. A transitional governing body will be formed of experienced technocrats whose hands are not stained by the blood of the Syrian people. (Source: Syrian Coalition)