Opposition: Iran tries to hamper democracy in Syria
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 27 /Trend A.Tagiyeva/
Iran directly affects and interferes in the present events in Syria.
It supports the power of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, thus impeding the Syrian people to build democracy in the country, head of a Syrian opposition delegation Ridwan Ziyade said.
"Iran stands against any democratic reforms in Syria," the expert told Trend over phone from Washington.
The expert is also the head of the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies.
He stressed that Iran helps the Syrian authorities to suppress demonstrations to maintain al-Assad's power that serves the interests of Iran.
"Iran provides logistical and political support for the Syrian President," the expert said.
The expert added that any intervention in the events in Syria to maintain al-Assad's regime will be doomed to failure, because the Syrian people will oppose this intervention.
Commenting on a series of reforms undertaken by President al-Assad, the expert said that they are unconvincing and unfounded and do not meet the real requirements of people.
"The reforms, held by the Syrian authorities, are aimed at gaining time and staying in power," he said.
The expert said that the talks between the opposition and the Syrian authorities are impossible. They will not give any result, as al-Assad's power is illegitimate and there is no reason to negotiate.
"The negotiations and reforms could be effective at the beginning of the demonstrations," he said. "It is too late to talk about any negotiations now."
Syria is already covered by the fourth month of mass protests, which began in mid-March in Dera'a, and then spread to other parts of the country. Syrian human rights activists report that in clashes with security forces killed about 1,300 people.
The riots in Syria began in the southern city of Dera'a in mid-March.
Then they spread to other regions. Syrian human rights activists report that more than 1,100 people were killed in clashes with security forces. According to official data, more than 340 military and security forces were killed when the events of the actions of
"armed terrorist elements" began.