Mouaz al-Khatib speaks in Ankara on March 21, 2013
Mouaz al-Khatib speaks in Ankara last week. Syria's opposition chief has demanded in a fiery address at an Arab League summit that he be allowed to represent Syria at the United Nations. © Adem Altan - AFP/File
Mouaz al-Khatib speaks in Ankara on March 21, 2013
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Last updated: March 26, 2013

Rebel chief demands Syria's UN seat

Syria's opposition chief demanded in a fiery address after taking over his country's seat at an Arab League summit on Tuesday that he be allowed to represent Syria at the United Nations.

Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib, head of the Syrian National Coalition opposition grouping, also insisted that Syria's future should not be determined by foreign powers.

"We demand ... the seat of Syria at the United Nations and at other international organisations," Khatib said, addressing Arab leaders at the Doha summit.

Syrian people alone should determine who rules the country, said Khatib, who on Sunday resigned his post although his resignation has yet to be accepted by the Coalition.

"They ask who will rule Syria. The people of Syria will decide, not any other state in this world," Khatib said, possibly alluding to accusations by Damascus that the rebels are implementing Qatari and Saudi agendas.

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