Syrian rebels respond to US demands

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A majority of the new SNC members are “people who belong to groups and alliances that were formed [in Syria] during the time of the revolution,” conference organizer Anas Abdah told the AP. The SNC, which objected to Clinton's statement as U.S. meddling, is expected to decide Thursday whether to support the new proposal.

“Rather than marginalizing the SNC, the Doha conference presents an opportunity for them to join a political structure with broad credibility inside of Syria,” State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said last week. “And so after many months, the SNC has not succeeded in broadening its leadership, not to more insiders, not ethnically, and not geographically. 

“Meanwhile, we and other Friends of the Syrian People have encountered individuals who have already displayed leadership and want to be part of Syria’s future. And so we’re bringing these people to the attention of the Doha participants. We’re not choosing anyone. Only the Syrian people can do that. Rather, we’re helping bring attention to a broader pool of candidates for the Syrian people to consider for future leadership.”

Separately, Russia on Sunday shot down calls by the United Nations' special envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, to hold a U.N. Security Council vote on a resolution calling for a transition of power in Syria, according to CNN.

“If the priority is the change of [the government], then there will be more blood,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Sunday after meeting with Brahimi in Cairo. “But if the priority is to save lives, then there is no need for any type of resolution.”