Khatib may resign as Syria’s National Coalition leader: report

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Syrian opposition sources said National Coalition leader Moaz al-Khatib may submit his resignation due to disputes with other opposition figures, pan-Arab newspaper Al-Hayat reported on Wednesday,

The daily said the General Secretary of the National Coalition, Mustafa al-Sabbagh, sent a letter to Khatib urging him to form an interim government. The letter was an alleged response to Khatib's latest statements, where he had said that forming an interim government would sow divisions.

Sabbagh also emphasized the importance of attaining a seat at the Arab League and attending the Arab body’s summit in Doha at the end of the month.

The Arab League previously said it is prepared to hand Syria’s seat in the organization to the opposition if it sets up an executive body.

Meanwhile, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius said French and American officials are working with Russian representatives to prepare "a list of Syrian officials that will be accepted by the opposition Syrian National Coalition [t0 hold negotiations]".

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has noted that Syrian opposition parties have to agree on forming a cabinet which represents all Syrian people. He added that it is important for the Syrian opposition to sit with regime officials come to a consensus on forming a transitional cabinet.

The Syrian National Coalition postponed talks on the formation of an interim government again, which were set for Tuesday. Postponing this week's meeting was not the first as the opposition had been due to meet at the end of February in Istanbul.

Washington and Moscow have continuously insisted that a transitional government be formed after talks between the Syrian regime and the opposition take place.
The Syrian conflict is coming into its third year and the United Nations has estimated at least 70,000 people killed.