Syria plans to hold national elections in June or July, its ambassador to the United Nations said Friday, as Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced that he would send his seasoned Syria mediator, Lakhdar Brahimi, to Iran, the Syrian government’s most vital backer in the Middle East.
After three years of grinding conflict, the destruction of whole city districts and an exodus of refugees all triggered by an uprising against his rule, Bashar al-Assad is quietly preparing to be re-elected.
The Syrian president has not yet announced whether he will stand for a third term, in defiance of protesters, rebel fighters and Western foes who have demanded he go; but in state-controlled parts of Damascus preparations for his candidacy are unmistakable.
The former head of the Opposition Syrian Coalition Moaz Al-Khatib renewed his refusal to compete with Syrian regime President Bashar Al-Assad in presidential elections.
In a message published on his Facebook page yesterday, Al-Khatib wrote: "We will not give any legitimacy or a cover to the elections carried out by the regime, which aims at maintaining its existence in power. When there are objective circumstances for free elections, we will not hesitate to support them."
Syria's opposition umbrella group have met in a bid to name a prime minister-in-exile, a day after Syria rejected the idea that President Bashar al-Assad will be overthrown.
The diplomatic developments came on Sunday as five members of one family were killed in government air attacks on a village in Damascus province, according to a watchdog.
Syrian Foreign Minister Omran al-Zo’bi called for “unconditional” dialogue with the country’s opposition to end the two-year conflict.
Zo’bi urged opposition forces to participate in what he called a “national dialogue,” and said that a specialized committee will start communicating with all political forces and figures to facilitate the inception of a national dialogue.
Syria's tolerated opposition has rejected an offer to enter into talks with the government of President Bashar al-Assad to find a solution to end the 21-month conflict.
The National Coordination Body for Democratic Change in Syria (NCB) made the announcement on Monday even as Prime Minister Wael al-Halaqi said his cabinet would meet soon to draw up a mechanism for the peace roadmap announced by Assad.
On Sunday, Assad outlined in his first speech in months his vision to end the conflict that the UN says has killed 60,000 people.
International peace envoy tasked with ending Syria’s conflict has arrived in Syria and is set to meet with President Bashar al-Assad.
Lakhdar Brahimi is hoping to "achieve a breakthrough", to broker a solution that would lead to a consensus transitional government with full authority, diplomatic sources told Al Jazeera on Sunday.
Brahimi's trip is his third to Damascus since taking his post in August.
Les participants à la 4ème conférence ministérielle du Groupe des amis du peuple syrien ont reconnu, mercredi à Marrakech, la Coalition nationale de l’opposition syrienne en tant que représentant légitime du peuple syrien et l’organisation qui chapeaute les groupes d’opposition, lit-on dans les conclusions de la Présidence de cette conférence.
More than 100 countries have recognised a new Syrian opposition coalition, opening the way for greater assistance to the forces fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad, including possibly military aid.
Backing for the Syrian National Coalition, formed in Qatar in November, was given at an international conference of the "Friends of the Syrian People" in Morocco on Wednesday.
The opposition had been under intense international pressure to create a more organised and representative body to channel any aid extended by foreign countries.
Violence in Syria has killed at least 33,082 people, most of them civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said yesterday. Some 1,000 people have been killed in the past five days alone, the Britain-based watchdog said. “This is all-out war-there is no other way to describe the violence in Syria,” Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said. At least 23,630 civilians have been killed, along with 8,211 soldiers and 1,241 army defectors who joined the insurgency against President Bashar al-Assad.
El ejército turco ha bombardeado este sábado Siria por cuarto día consecutivo tras un nuevo impacto de fuego de mortero en Turquía lanzado desde el lado sirio, según informó esta mañana la agencia estatal de noticias turca. Esta vez, el proyectil cayó en una zona rural cercana al poblado de Guvecci, en la provincia de Hatay, en el extremo sudoeste de Turquía, sin que nadie resultara herido. La artillería turca respondió inmediatamente, según la agencia. Un incidente similar ocurrió la víspera en otro distrito de la misma provincia.
UN-Arab League envoy has first meeting with Syrian president since accepting envoy's role amid reports of new killings.
Syrian state television says UN-Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi has met President Bashar al-Assad to discuss efforts to end the country's 18-month-old conflict that activists say has killed more than 27,000 people.
Saturday's meeting was Brahimi's first with Assad since he replaced Kofi Annan as peace envoy two weeks ago, taking on a mission which the veteran Algerian diplomat described as "nearly impossible".
Cincuenta observadores internacionales verifican el alto el fuego declarado el 14 de abril mientras continúa la violencia en distintos puntos del país
La violencia continúa en el país con violentos enfrentamientos entre el Ejército y los opositores