Syria's Ahrar al-Sham will not recognize Geneva outcome

Syrian rebel group Ahrar al-Sham will not recognize the outcome of the Geneva II conference on January 22.

Syria's Ahrar al-Sham will not recognize Geneva outcome

World Bulletin / News Desk

Hassan Aboud, the leader of one of Syria’s most powerful rebel groups, Ahrar al-Sham, has said that he will not recognize any agreement achieved at the Geneva II meetings on January 22.

The Syrian opposition to Bashar al-Assad’s regime will largely be represented by the Istanbul-based Syrian National Coalition at the meeting, which will also draw in a number of representatives from international governments and bodies.

Syria’s Kurdish minority are also seeking separate representation at the meeting, as the main Kurdish group, the PYD, has refused to join the meeting under SNC representation.

The leader of Ahrar al-Sham, who will not be participating, told Al-Jazeera, "Whatever comes out of it, is binding only on the Syrian National Coalition…As far as we are concerned, we will continue the revolution until we restore our rights and our dignity."

He also said that the Geneva talks in Switzerland had "no leverage on the ground".

Ahrar al-Sham is believed to have around 20,000 fighters and is mostly comprised of Syrians. They are not thought to have any connections to Al-Qaeda, unlike other rebels groups Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Last Mod: 21 Aralık 2013, 12:40
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