Syria: Syrian National Council-leader Burhan Ghalioun has resigned

Posted: May 24, 2012 in International
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The controversial leader of the external Syrian opposition council, the “Syrian National Council” (SNC), based in Istanbul, Burhan Ghalioun has resigned amid the attacks which are carried out by armed groups within Syria.

According to reports by news agencies, the “Syrian National Council” (SNC) has finally accepted the resignation of Burhan Ghalioun as leader. The Turkey-based “Syrian National Council” (SNC) has released a statement yesterday, saying that it had accepted the resignation of Burhan Ghalioun, who was “elected” for this job by the Muslim Brotherhood last year.

Ghalioun has been surprisingly re-elected some days ago. By his resignation and the acceptation of the Turkey-based “Syrian National Council” (SNC), Sabra could become the next leader of this dubious “Council”, which has never proved that it cares about the welfare of the Syrian people.


The statement of the “Syrian National Council” (SNC) in Istanbul included that the former leader, Ghalioun, has suggested a restructuring of this opposition council outside Syria. No huge surprise, but it is truly questionable whether a restructuring will help the “Syrian National Council” (SNC) to gain more acceptance of the Syrians in Syria.

A new leader of the SNC will become elected in June and, thus, Burhan Ghalioun will stay in his position until this new election. The “Syrian National Council” (SNC), based in Turkey, in which the main members are Islamists, as it is confirmed by e.g. opposition members and Reuters, was never able to gain a huge support by the Syrians in Syria.

The members are divided in their opinions and the presentation to the outside was never the best. In addition, a lot of statements of higher members of this “council” in Turkey have proven that it seems to be not really interested in a peaceful solution for Syria. Not to mention that some still support a military intervention in Syria.

In addition, there was the meeting between the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) and some members of the “Syrian National Council” (SNC) and the calls for more weapons to fight the regular Syrian army. After the recent weeks, it is not only clear that Ghalioun was never able to unite a real “opposition”, not to mention that the democratic character was always missing, but also that some Gulf States like Qatar and Saudi Arabia do support this council.

Some would even go so far to say that Israel is a huge fan of this “council” in Turkey and that a lot of members are willing to do what the Israeli government says, just to gain more power and influence in Syria. Also, the Kurdish people were “misused” by this “Syrian National Council” (SNC), which has never really shown that it cares about the minorities in Syria.

The resignation of Burhan Ghalioun as leader of the questionable and presumably not very peaceful “Syrian National Council” (SNC) comes at a time when the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has stated that the Syrian opposition groups are harming the six-point peace plan of the UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan by continuously violations of this plan to decrease the violence and chaos in Syria.

In addition, new reports also say that the U.S. administration under the American President Barack Obama has already sent weapons to the so-called “rebels” in Syria, which is also a violation of the six-point plan by Kofi Annan. But it is not the only violation which was committed by the United States. Another report of PressTV has stated yesterday, that the Jordanian King has given green light to the United States, that some U.S. Special Forces can train “hundreds of fighters” of the terrorist “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) on Jordanian soil.

These military exercises shall prepare the members of the “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) to fight against regular Syrian troops in Syria and to commit strategic attacks on important facilities and depots in Syria. To be honest, when this report is true, this means a huge violation of the peace plan by Kofi Annan for Syria.

Of course, Jordan is known to be a client state of Western and especially American interests. Thus, it is no surprise that a lot of people believe that the Jordanian King could have accepted such an “order” by the U.S. administration.

The military support for the so-called “Free Syrian Army” (FSA), in order to overthrow the Syrian government and the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, is truly a violation of the so-called ceasefire, which is an important part of the peace plan by the UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan. It is to mention that the violations of the truce in Syria are more likely in the aims of the armed opposition forces and that it seems that the “Syrian National Council” (SNC) is also interested to violate the ceasefire.

A real ceasefire with the following democratic talks between all sides is not in the interests of some Syrian (external) opposition groups. Another sign, that these sides do not really care about the welfare of the Syrian people and that they are not really interested to decrease the violence and bloodshed in Syria.

Also the U.S. leadership and some other member states of the UNSC (United Nations Security Council) are not really interested in a peaceful solution for Syria. Their aim is still the overthrow of the Syrian President al-Assad and the Syrian government in the capital Damascus. They want to break the so-called “Axis of Evil” and to pave the path to Iran.

The support by some Gulf States like Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which also violate the peace plan for Syria, has indeed not only this reasons, but also some more reasons like, for example, “religious” interests. Although it is truly questionable if these interests can be really called “religious”.

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