Syrian opposition: Assad cannot play part in solution to conflict

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Any solution to the Syrian conflict must lead to the fall of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, Syria’s main opposition bloc said on Wednesday.

In comments which came after a statement from G8 leaders on achieving a “political solution” to the conflict, the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) said it was “committed to any political solution that puts an end to the bloodshed, and achieves the Syrian people’s aspirations to bring down the Assad regime.”

The group added it “reserves the right to use all means at its disposal” to bring Assad down, “chiefly military action,” AFP reported, citing the SNC statement.

“The Assad regime has continuously killed civilians using ballistic missiles, chemical weapons and warplanes. It is the only source of terrorism in Syria.

“In order to achieve a lasting peace in Syria, efforts by all countries should be focused on fighting the regime alone.”

Meanwhile, he opposition bloc called on the U.N. to investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria.

“The Coalition renews its invitation to the U.N. commission of enquiry to visit Syrian liberated (rebel-held) areas, in order to investigate... and confirm the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people,” it said.

The Assad regime has faced accusations from the United States, Britain and France of using banned arms, including the nerve gas sarin, in attacks that have killed many.

(With AFP)