The German government cannot imagine a scenario where Syrian President Bashar al-Assad plays a role in a transitional government with full executive powers, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Monday.
“As far as I can see, there are many players and powers in the region, including Turkey, Saudi Arabia, other Gulf states, for which it is unthinkable — and we can’t imagine this either — that Assad could be part of a transitional government with full powers,” spokesman Martin Schaefer told a government news conference.
Schaefer said Assad was responsible for “crimes and barbaric conduct of the war” in Syria over the last four-and-a-half years. He added: “We don’t know who succeeds Assad”.
The Syrian Coalition reiterates that any political solution in Syria must conform to the Geneva Communiqué and relevant UN Security Council resolutions, stressing that Bashar al-Assad must not be permitted to have a role in any stage of political settlement.
Vice-president Marwa said that Russia is trying to re-involve Assad claiming that the Syrian people choose their president, however, Syrians will not accept this criminal whatsoever for his involvement in killing over 350,000 people.
Secretary of the political committee Anas al-Abda said that “we will not accept the survival of Bashar al-Assad for a single day in the transitional phase,” stressing the need to find a political solution acceptable to the Syrian people in accordance with the Geneva I Communique.
Abdah points out that the Syrian people will not forget the crimes committed by the Assad regime against children and women for nearly five years. (Source: Syrian Coalition)