DUBAI - The head of the Syrian National Council (SNC), the main umbrella group for opponents of President Bashar Assad, said on Sunday that talks would be held within weeks to form a transitional government that would in time replace Assad's ministerial team.
Abdelbasset Sida, president of the SNC, said such a government would run the country between Assad's ousting and democratic elections. Most of its members would be drawn from the opposition, but some members of the current Assad government might also be included, he added.
"This government should come about before the fall (of Assad) so that it presents itself as an alternative for the next stage," Sida told Abu Dhabi-based Sky News Arabia television in an interview broadcast on Sunday.
"The committees that we have set up have their own schedules. Obviously, the matter should be concluded within weeks."