The Syrian opposition said on Wednesday Syria needs a transitional ruling body with full executive powers and not a participatory government under President Bashar Assad, responding to comments made by Assad to Russian state media.
"The government, whether it's new or old, as long as it is in the presence of Bashar Assad, is not part of the political process," said George Sabra, a negotiator for the High Negotiations Committee (HNC) representing the Syrian opposition at Geneva peace talks.
"What Bashar Assad is talking about has no relation to the political process," said Sabra.
Asaad al-Zoubi, an HNC member, said the Syrian people and the Geneva negotiating team want "a transitional ruling body will full executive powers and authorities, including presidential authority."
"Whereas the regime wants a participatory government," he said.