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Syrian opposition may unite; Assad threatens against foreign invasion

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Representatives of Syria’s opposition are meeting in the capital of Qatar, Doha, with an aim to join forces in the fight against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The Arab League and the Western countries have been pushing disparate opposition groups to unify, reports BBC.

The goal of the meeting is to produce a unified, credible opposition leadership rooted inside Syria, which would then be recognized by the Friends of Syria.

So far, the Syrian National Council has been the most prominent opposition group. Although it is not yet known whether it will agree to lose some if its influence, prominent dissident Riad Seif says that the opposition forces will most likely unite.

The new leadership body, composed of 60 members, would become the conduit for foreign assistance, as the Syrian government has strictly limited the presence of foreign aid agencies.

Meanwhile, Assad has spoken out in quite a defiant manner, rejecting calls to seek safe exit from the country.

“I am not a puppet. I was not made by the West to go to the West or to any other country,” Assad said in an interview to Russia’s RT television.

“I am Syrian, I was made in Syria, I have to live in Syria and die in Syria,” he added.

Syrian President also made a pretty explicit threat against foreign invasion.

“The price of this invasion, if it happens, is going to be big, more than the whole world can afford.”

It should be added that the uprising against President Assad’s rule has become increasingly violent since it began in March last year.

Activists estimate that more than 35,000 people have lost their lives. According to the UN, some 1.2 million Syrians have been displaced, and more than two million are in need of aid.

Meanwhile, concern has been raised that international aid is being diverted to government forces exclusively.

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