Insurgents take position inside a house during clashes with Syrian security forces in the northwestern city of Aleppo. (File photo)
An Iranian lawmaker says a recent anti-Syria meeting in the Qatari capital of Doha was against the principles of democracy and the Syrian people’s rights, and will only intensify the crisis in the Arab country.
“The Doha meeting and making decisions about Syria [by its participants] are against the West’s human rights claims,” member of Iran Majlis (parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Mehdi Davatgari said on Monday.
Hundreds of opposition Syrian figures gathered in Doha, Qatar, on Sunday in an attempt to establish a new insurgency group, presumably under the auspices of the Arab League, but organized in effect by the US government.
The Iranian lawmaker noted that the Doha gathering will not lead to a peaceful solution to the Syria crisis because the West is using the opposition and terrorist groups to implement its plans in Syria.
“Establishing any transitional government is against the popular demands in Syria. Transition of power in this country should be peaceful and [take place] through the participation of people in elections without any intervention from foreign elements,” he added.
A New York Times
report said on Wednesday that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had confirmed her major role in planning the Qatar gathering, including recommending individuals and organizations to include in any new leadership structure.
“We’ve made it clear that the SNC (Syrian National Council) can no longer be viewed as the visible leader of the opposition,” Clinton said during an official visit to Croatia on Wednesday.
She further declared, “That opposition must include people from inside Syria and others who have a legitimate voice that needs to be heard.”
Syria has been the scene of unrest since March 2011 and many people, including large numbers of army and security personnel, have been killed in the turmoil.