AMMAN DETAILS emerged on Saturday of plans to form of opposition in Syria in a representative Government-in-exile, on the eve of the important discussions between opponents of the regime.
The discussions which begins on Sunday in Doha come amid us criticism of the main exiled opposition group, the Syrian National Council (SNC), which Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said this week was not representative.
Reports surfaced that Washington has insisted on a revision of the opposition, with long time dissident Riad Seif touted as the potential head of a new Government-in-exile dubbed the Syrian national initiative.
Seif and about two dozen other leading opposition figures gathered in Jordan's capital Amman this week and came up with proposals for a new body to represent the various groups against President Bashar al Assad.
Among the attendees were some members SNC, former Prime Minister Riad Hijab, which in August, Ali Sadreddin Bayanuni of the Muslim Brotherhood and Kurdish and tribal representatives, participants said defecting.
In a statement on Saturday, participants wanted to ensure that the revision is aimed at building an opposition that would be willing to negotiate with Assad to curb.
"Assad and his entourage left of power is a non-negotiable condition for any dialogue aimed at finding a non-military solution, if that is still possible," said the statement.
The Amman meeting also came to support "efforts underway to put a unified political body for the whole of the opposition," according to the statement.
Discussion of "the means to unite the opposition in a way that is worthy of the sacrifices on the ground and the Arab, international and regional support needed to topple the regime." The Group supported the rebel "Free Syrian army and the movements on the ground behind the revolution." as legitimate means to overthrow the criminal regime