[Marxism] US, Europe pushing for transitional Syrian government with ex-loyalists, sources say
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Thu Dec 6 21:18:23 MST 2012
US, Europe pushing for transitional Syrian government with ex-loyalists, sources say
December 6, 2012
The United States and Europe are exerting effort to “impose a formula for the transitional opposition government,” sources close to the opposition Syrian National Council told NOW on Thursday.
According to the sources the government would be headed by former Syrian Prime Minister Riad Hijab, while General Manaf Tlas would hold the position of Defense Minister, with former Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jihad Makdisi in the role of foreign minister.
Hijab and Tlas had defected the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
On Monday, Makdisi was reported to have resigned his position within the Syrian government.
The sources added that the US Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford was behind the efforts to form the transitional government and that the British and French positions were supportive of such a government.
More than 42,000 people have been killed as the Syrian conflict approaches the 21-month mark, according to a watchdog group.
The rebel Free Syrian Army has recently made gains on the ground with clashes increasingly centered around the capital Damascus.
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