Syrian Opposition Unity Conference Delayed at Syrian National Council’s Request

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Cairo, Egypt | May 16, 2012

The Syrian opposition forces, most notably the Syrian National Council (SNC) and the Syrian National Coordination Body for Democratic Change, requested that the Arab League delay the Syrian Opposition Unity Conference that is scheduled for Wednesday, May 16, at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo.

After meeting with Kofi Annan's deputy Nasser al-Qudwa, a number of Syrian opposition figures, and ambassadors of concerned countries, the Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby told reporters that the Syrian opposition parties did not reject the principle of the meeting, but felt that they needed a delay. However, the groups did not specify a reason for the delay.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - AL Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby:
"Some Syrian opposition parties, namely the Syrian National Council (SNC) and the Syrian National Coordination Body, requested postponement. They did not reject the principle of the meeting but they just asked for delay. Since there are many countries invited to participate in the meeting, we found it is an opportunity to meet with them for consultation."

For his part, Al-Qudwa spoke about the progress, and the initial positive results of the UN-Arab League monitoring mission in Syria being led by Annan.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Kofi Annan's Deputy Nasser al- Qudwa:
"As for the mission of Annan and the results achieved so far, there are undoubtedly some positive results, the most significant of which is consensus of the international community and the Security Council to support Annan's mission and also to send the UN monitoring mission, which is an important thing."

Al-Qudwa also expressed deep disappointment over serious violations of Annan’s mission with regard to the ceasefire, in some cases perpetrated by the Syrian government.

The Arab League Chief reaffirmed that the League is not biased to any party of the Syrian opposition and that it has a neutral position on all Syrian factions, stressing that the League is working hard to achieve opposition unity as soon as possible.

Al-Araby also highlighted the need to intensify international efforts for the implementation of Annan’s six-point peace plan to end the ongoing violence in Syria.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: May 16, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: May 16, 2012
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SHOTLIST:
1. Tilt down shot of the Arab League headquarters in Cairo
2. Various shots of AL Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby meeting with Deputy of UN-Arab League joint envy to Syria Nasser al- Qudwa and a number of ambassadors from the countries concerned by the Syrian crisis
3. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - AL Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby:
4. "Some Syrian opposition parties, namely the Syrian National Council (SNC) and the Syrian National Coordination Body, requested postponement. They did not reject the principle of meeting but they just asked for delay. Since there are many countries invited to participate in the meeting, we found it is an opportunity to meet with them for consultation."

  1. Various shots of the meeting
  2. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Kofi Annan's Deputy Nasser al- Qudwa:
  3. "As for the mission of Annan and the results achieved so far, there are undoubtedly some positive results, the most significant of which is consensus of the international community and the Security Council to support Annan's mission and also to send the UN monitoring mission, which is an important thing."
  4. Close up shot of the logo of the Arab League
  5. pan right shot of flags at the AL
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