July 1 - A Syrian government official tells Reuters the world powers' plan agreed upon in Geneva can play no role in resolving the conflict in Syria. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
A Syrian member of parliament dismissed the agreement reached by world powers in Geneva Saturday, saying the agreement had little to do with the Syrian people. Khaled al-Abboud is a member of the Syrian Parliament. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SYRIAN MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT KHALED AL-ABBOUD, SAYING: "The Geneva meeting does not concern Syrians. This meeting is on an international stage where international conflicted forces are meeting on Syria. It does not concern Syrians. Syrians are the ones who can resolve these issues. The only thing that helps Syrians is their steadfastness and ability to respond to this project against the Syrian people. In my opinion, what is happening is symptomatic of the conflict between the United States and other parties at the regional and international level." International powers meeing in Geneva agreed that a national unity government should be set up in Syria to resolve the conflict between President Bashar al-Assad and opposition forces trying to oust him. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters