March 26 - For the frist time, the Syrian National Coalition delegation is occupying Syria's seat at an Arab League summit. Sarah Sheffer reports.
Opposition leaders took Syria's seat at an Arab League summit for the first time on Tuesday. The Syrian National Coalition occupied the seat after the emir of Qatar, host of the summit, formally invited them to represent Syria. Moaz Alkhatib, a Sunni Muslim cleric, took over the vacant chair despite announcing on Sunday that he would step down as leader of the coalition. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) SYRIAN OPPOSITION LEADER, MOAZ ALKHATIB, SAYING: (PARTLY COVERED) "The Syrian regime is the one who refuses any solution to the crisis, we welcome any political solution that can protect people's lives and avoids more destruction." The Arab League suspended Syria in November 2011 to protest its use of violence against civilians to quell dissent. The United Nations says about 70,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict, which has now entered its third year.