SOHR exclusive | “The Syrian opposition will fall in the same predicament Al-Assad currently in, and forming a transitional military council is the best solution to stop the conflict,” says regime dissident lieutenant-colonel Mohamed Ebeid • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

SOHR exclusive | “The Syrian opposition will fall in the same predicament Al-Assad currently in, and forming a transitional military council is the best solution to stop the conflict,” says regime dissident lieutenant-colonel Mohamed Ebeid

Regime army defectors are looking forward to forming a transitional military council which they see the gate to implementing a political settlement based on international resolutions, especially Resolution No. 2254 which the warring parties have evaded to implement it on the ground so far. However, this idea is still locked into negotiations among a group of the regime dissident officers, amid several obstacles placed by local and international actors.

In an exclusive SOHR interview, the regime dissident lieutenant-colonel Mohamed Ebeid, one of the supporters of the formation of a transitional military council, see that the Syrian opposition does not play any role at local or international levels due to its inaction, pointing out that the formation of a military council will be the best solution in the incoming stage to unite all free patriots.

Q: The United Nations has expressed its hopes that a tangible progress will be achieved during discussions by the constitutional committee. What are your expectations for the next round of negotiations?

A: The constitutional committee is too far away from the requirements of the Resolution 2254. In addition, the committee lacks public support and consent. So, I do not expect that this committee to achieve any progress. Moreover, Geir Pedersen had announced on several occasions that he did not believe in the constitutional commission’s ability to achieve any progress.

Q: Is the solution for the Syrian crisis conditional on drafting a new constitution?

A: The major problem for Syrian people is the presence of Al-Assad’s regimein power, which has not hesitated when it comes to committing all types of reprehensible practices. While drafting the constitution is a simple procedure that can proceed after the toppling of the Syrian regime. While the stall of the constitutional committee in the case of drafting a new constitution aims to achieve nothing but prolonging the sufferings of Syrians.

Q: Since the beginning of the Syrian Revolution, regime dissident officers have complained of the policy of exclusion and marginalisation by several parties, where only some commanders have been allowed to participate in conferences about Syria. In your opinion, what is the reason behind allowing only a few regime army defectors to participate in the political process, and how can the role of the military council, when it is formed, be active?

A: In fact, since the onset of the Syria crisis, there was a clear decision marginalising all noble and patriotic figures of all segments of Syrian society, not officers alone, with the aim of dragging Syria to the current deadlock. However, we believe that the presence of a military council based on right national concepts will be a real chance for patriots of all segments of the society to take part in the political process in Syria. It will not be confined to regime army defectors only.

Q: Fidgeting stances by Arab states and a stall in overthrowing Al-Assad, which manifested itself in his latest visit to the UAE. What do you think the dimensions of this visit are, and will it be a step towards recognising the legitimacy of Al-Assad?

A: Since the first spark of the Syrian Revolution, neither Arab nor foreign countries have offered decisive stances to overthrow Al-Assad, so these were not fidgeting stances, but specific stances which had been secret started to be practiced publicly. There have been several chances to get rid of Al-Assad regime. However, specific countries scuppered these chances, not the Syrians. The recent efforts, including the visit to the UAE, cannot succeed in rehabilitating the Syrian regime.

Syrian people will never accept Al-Assad, as long as he remained in power, and all powers know this fact, even those powers exerting desperate efforts to rehabilitate the Al-Assad regime.

Q: Then what are the expected scenarios? And will Syrian people, the displaced in particular, remain stranded in the current situation?

A: As I said, all countries know that the Syrians will never accept the rule of Al-Assad, and they will never return to areas controlled by this gang.

Q: Do you think that Al-Assad’s visit to Abu Dhabi, in light of the welcoming by the authorities of the UAE, is considered a step against Washington’s stance which refuses the rule of Al-Assad regime?

A: I do not think that the UAE dare split from the herd.

Q: What is the role the Syrian opposition plays in light of the current geopolitical changes and what position will it be in the future?

A: I am sorry to say that the role of the current opposition is symbolic and that it has no effect at neither local nor international levels. The Syrian opposition will fall in the same predicament Al-Assad currently in.

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