Syrian opposition won’t take either Russian or U.S. plan

Syrian opposition won’t take either Russian or U.S. planSyria’s opposition group would deny any deal, proposed by Russia and the United States over Syrian war, if it wouldn’t be in accordance with its own plan, the group's general coordinator Riyad Hijab said on Wednesday.

"If what the Russians and the Americans agree upon is very much different from what the Syrians aspire to, then we shall not accept it," Hijab said.

The High Negotiations Committee (HNC), which is backed by Saudi Arabia and Western powers, presented its road map to a new political settlement for Syria at a meeting in London.

According to the plan, the process would begin with six months of negotiations to form a transitional administration including representatives from the opposition, the government and civil society. At the end of this period President Bashar al-Assad is required to leave the office.

The elections would be organized after 18 months and transitional body would then run the country during this period.

"It's not a question of keeping Assad in for six months or one month or one day, in this transitional period. The Russians and Americans know that. They know the position of the Syrian people, they have sacrificed a lot and they will not give up this demand," Hijab said.

Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the group's proposals offered the first credible picture of a peaceful Syria without Assad.

HNC spokesman Salem Al Meslet after the meeting of the Friends of Syria group in London said the plan had been well received, but that it was up to the U.S. and Russia to reach a deal that could move the situation forward.

"We fear that they reach an agreement that does not really help Syrians because... when Mr Obama has just a few months left he might just sign any agreement just to accomplish something before he leaves the White House. I'm afraid Russia might take advantage of that," he told reporters

Hijab said the greatest challenge in achieving political transition came from the outside powers, pointing the finger at Iran's Revolutionary Guards, other regional militias, and above all, Russia for protecting Assad.
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