Deep Difference Stall Talks Of Syrian Opposition Council
By: Peter Kenyon and Robert Siegel
May 29, 2013
A three day meeting to reshape and strengthen the main Syrian opposition coalition has instead dragged on for six days, and the main thing that has been strengthened is the coalition's reputation for in-fighting. The coalition is trying to expand its membership, ratify a government-in-exile, pick a new president, and decide whether to attend June talks with the Syrian government. Several members have threatened to bolt the coalition in protest, and pressure from outside players, including the U.S., Europe and Gulf Arab countries, has thus far merely intensified the coalition's polarization.
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