Syrian rebels: Brahimi mission to fail
The mission of international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi in Syria is doomed to fail, said Sunday a rebel leader, but stressed that the insurgents would not be responsible. "We are confident that Brahimi will fail like the other envoys before him, but we will not be held responsible for this failure," said Colonel Abdel Jabbar al-Oqaidi, head of the rebel military council in Aleppo, northern Syria.
"We believe it will fail because the international community does not really help the Syrian people," he said, referring to international divisions that prevent tougher sanctions on the regime in Damascus.
The Colonel made these comments following discussions via Skype between the UN and Arab League mediator to rebel leaders. "We discussed the general situation in Syria, including the destruction caused by the regime," he said, adding that the talks are "preliminary."