December 12, 2012

Syrian Opposition Still Beset with Challenges

Vivienne Walt, Time

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With three weeks of fighting in Damascus signaling the accelerating erosion of the Assad regime’s control of Syria, Western diplomats are pressing the exiled opposition leadership to take charge of governing rebel-held areas. “We’re telling them, ‘You need to get in on the ground; you need to have face-to-face meetings,’ ” Jon Wilks, Britain’s envoy to the Syrian opposition, told TIME in Marrakesh Tuesday night, on the sidelines of an international Friends of the Syria summit. “No more meeting in five-star hotels in Marrakesh.”

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