Syria opposition outraged by Clinton comments
The main coalition of the exiled Syrian opposition on Friday slammed the United States of trying to reshape it in order to bring it to negotiate with the regime, as rebels recorded another success in cutting the road north to the Syrian army.
A few days after the opening of a crucial meeting by opponents in Doha, on which account many Washington, the Syrian National Council (SNC) has strongly reacted to the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who called this movement to expand in order to "resist" Islamic extremists. SNC, in a statement, condemned the project "to pass over the Council or to create alternative instances," calling them an "attempt to harm the Syrian revolution by sowing the seeds of division. " according to George Sabra, a member of the Council, "if a united opposition seeks to negotiate with President Bashar al-Assad, it will not happen and the people will not accept it. "
Mohammed Sermini, the press officer of the SNC, denounced the interference of Washington as "imperialist." "It has no right to interfere in our affairs. Syria must make its own decisions," he noted.
Clinton Wednesday said that the SNC could "be considered the visible leader of the opposition, "and called for it to become" part of a broader opposition, "including" people inside Syria and others."
Clinton also mentioned "disturbing reports of extremists" trying to "hijack" the uprising. Al Nosra Front- an Islamist group known before the revolt, has claimed many attacks and its fighters are present on several fronts.
In a bid to make new pledges and in the interests of transparency, the SNC for the first time since its inception in October 2011 reported receiving international aid of $31.1 million, including 50% from Libya.