Deal Well Short of Initial Demands, Keeps Islamists Dominant
A last minute deal at the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) has led them to admit the Michel Kilo faction into the group, and given the liberal political opposition group 14 seats in the 60-seat SNC assembly.
Kilo has long been an advocate of a negotiated settlement to the ongoing civil war, and had previously spurned offers to join the SNC over concerns of the group’s leadership being dominated by Islamists.
The deal won’t change that, however, as Kilo’s initial demand for 25 seats was pared down to a mere 14, and also gave additional seats to an Islamist faction backed by the Qatari government, which is bankrolling much of the SNC’s operation.
The deal appears to be too late to salvage the Geneva Conference, and there is no indication that the SNC will attend the peace talks even with Kilo’s addition. Kamal al-Labwani, one SNC member, said it remains too dangerous to take part in the talks unless the Assad government agrees to preconditions of resigning before the talks take place.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- EU Braces for Influx of ISIS Fighters After Mosul Offensive - October 23rd, 2016
- Obama Backs Away From Plans to Further Arm CIA-Backed Rebels in Syria - October 23rd, 2016
- Iraq PM: Thanks but No Thanks on Turkish Help in Mosul - October 23rd, 2016
- US Warns Worst Is Yet to Come in Battle for Mosul - October 23rd, 2016
- Syrian Kurds Fire on Rebel-Held Jarabulus as Turkey Continues to Attack Them - October 23rd, 2016