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Thursday, February 23, 2006 

Syrian opposition says 'no' to US offer of money

Syria's opposition umbrella, the Damascus Declaration, says it wont accept any money from the US.

The bloc, which was signed by some of the country's top opposition leaders (Riyad Sayf (left), Jawdat Said, Samir Al-Nashar, Kurdish groups and civil society advocates), set out their vision for Syria's future late last year, calling for "democratic and radical" change. The full text is available here.

They tried to paint a picture of what Syrians really want, in the face of increasing pressure on the Damascus government.

One of their key points was a rejection of foreign military intervention. But it wasn't clear whether they'd take financial aid.

Now, the State Department has a clear answer: we reject "any financial assistance from any party”, the Damascus Declaration said.

They also distanced themselves from a meeting in Brussels between former Vice President Abdul Halim Khaddam and the head of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Looks like the State Department has another set of names to cross off that list. The search continues - who will take our money?

I am glad the opposition groups have sense ,they should remember that the goal is to serve the people and lead them to a better standard of living ,now i am waiting for their vision,and with permition from SASA i hope they will respond and express it on this site.

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