Jarba explains refusal to participate in Geneva II
November 4, 2013
NOT QUITE IN LEAGUE: After the Arab League “encouraged” the Syrian Coalition to attend the Geneva II talks in an emergency session late Sunday,Coalition Ahmad al-Jarba told Arab representatives that he must say “no to Geneva II if the international community cannot implement Geneva I.”
Al-Jarba insisted that the Coalition’s decision was final,emphasizing that his organization would only attend with “dignity and unity” and guarantees that the conference would serve as a mechanism for transferring power away from the Assad government.
In an editorial published Monday, pro-Assad Al-Watan newspaper condemned Jarba’s conditions for participating in Geneva II, insisting that his stance “violates international calls for all parties to attend the conference.”
In his remarks in Cairo, Al-Jarba condemned the international community’s Syria crisis response, pointing to its failure to establish humanitarian corridors reaching besieged areas. Al-Jarba also ruled out Iranian participation in the proposed talks, characterizing Iran as an occupying power and demanding the withdrawal of all Revolutionary Guards from Syrian territory.