Syria: Bayanoni Denies Planning to Form Government in Exile
Wednesday, June 7,2006 00:00
By Ikhwanweb

At the close of its meetings held on Monday June 6th 2006 in London, the Syrian National Salvation Front asserted it is seeking a peaceful change in Syria without foreign interference in the country ’s domestic  affairs.

For his part, Muslim Brotherhood chairman in Syria and Front member Ali Sadreddin el Bayanoni dismissed as groundless reports of the Front seeking to form a government in exile .   

The London conference was inaugurated Sunday June 4th 2006 and the Front ’s bylaw was approved therein, with the Front nominating  a  26-  member- national council, who will act as a central committee, in addition to another ten members for the general secretariat .                      

In an exclusive statement to Ikhwanweb , Al Bayanoni stated" We are not in for a government in exile but in case of a power vacuum we can form a government in cooperation with the other parties "

On the other hand, Al Bayanoni sees that the recent Syrian regime apprehensions of signing the Damascus – Beirut declaration shows how panicky and weak the state of Syriam affairs are which has led to the regime resorting to such oppressive measures against opposition in Syria "In our final communiqué, we stressed solidarity with the detainees, seeing that such a step on the part of the regime  could speed up its collapse . 

Al Bayanoni reiterated a similar language in an exclusive statement to al Jazeera satellite channel when he said " We are not calling for a revolution but for a peaceful change via civil disobedience after breaking the barrier of fear from within the Syrian people.

Regime- Opposition Relationship

Al Bayanoni pointed out that it is the Syrian regime which isolates itself from the Syrian people, adding that the opposition has been stretching its hand for six years but all those who attended the Damascus Declaration and members of the National Salvation Front unanimously agree that this regime is immune against any reform, so change is the responsibility of all .

In his reply to a question on the differences with other opposition parties especially with regards to the Damascus Declaration, Al Bayanoni said "The Damascus Declaration group, which we are part of, have affirmed that they have nothing to do with these parties, and we admit the existence of conflicting opinions" 

Al Bayanoni declined to confirm whether some parties boycotted the Front, pointing out that some parties weren’t originally invited to participate and that "we invited only those who advocate the idea of forming a front " He at the same time stressed that the door is open to all.

In this context, Al Bayanoni hastened to say that participation in the front does not deny anyone joining other alliances without conflicting with the front ’s principles. He clarified that the front acts only  within the context of Damascus Declaration .

Muslim Brotherhood and Khaddam

On his relationship with former Vice President Abdel Halim Khaddam and whether this relationship means forgiving his past, Al Bayanoni said " Alliances do not condemn or acquit anyone; they are just alliances. But if there are mistakes or crimes committed then only the courts that can try people, be it  Bayanoni or Khaddam or others"

Al Bayanoni also pointed out that establishing alliances is not new to the Muslim Brotherhood, recalling particularly the national alliance for liberating Syria in the 80s, and the Damascus Declaration for Democratic National Change, emphasizing on the cooperation with others for the interest of the Syrian nation .

However, Al Bayanoni warned that "After change is achieved, each party has its own platform and the arbitrator is the ballot box, cautioning that the current alliances are  aimed only to achieve the aspired change for Syria rather than finding new parties with new agendas"

Muslim Brotherhood goals

Asked what the Ikhwan (Muslim Brotherhood) is seeking to do,Al Bayanoni said " Muslim Brotherhood is a group with purely Islamic ideologies and methodology. The Brotherhood’s organizations in all countries have issues of common interest, with each country having its own peculiarities identifying which positions to adopt toward domestic issues"

"With regards to claims that we are power seekers; our history in Syria and other countries shows that we have always been a reformist movement and that our declared and translated program is the best testimony" he added .

commenting on the Iraqi Brotherhood experience reresented by the Iraqi Islamic Party, Al Bayanoni said " Muslim Brotherhood in Iraq is engaged in politics and as far as I know, all Ikhwan organizations shy away from seeking foreign help .