Russian diplomat says outside attempts to impose future leaders on Syria contradicts Geneva accords

Attempts to impose a list of Syria's future leaders on the country from outside contradicts the Geneva agreements, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said on his Twitter page on Friday.

"Attempts by Western sponsors of the Syrian opposition to impose a list of future leaders on the country from outside run counter to the agreements reached in Geneva," he said.

"The Geneva communique says that a transitional governing body should be formed by mutual consent on the part of the government and the opposition," the diplomat said.

The United States earlier proposed establishing a new organization of the Syrian opposition to replace the Syrian National Council, which Washington described as inefficient.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that Washington had already compiled a list of Syrian opposition members who, the U.S. authorities believe, could be candidates for posts in this entity.

These candidates include Syria's former Prime Minister Riad Hijab, who defected to Jordan in August.

The creation of the National Initiative Council is expected to be announced on Nov. 7, the day after the presidential election in the United States.

According to news reports, the U.S. administration is treating the new council as a potential transitional government, which would hold negotiations both with the international community and the authorities in Damascus.

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