Eliminating Syria's chemical weapons isn't the most important problem for Syrians according to the leader of a Western-back Syrian opposition group, the Syrian National Council. He believes the daily struggle to survive is the greater issue.
"Of course, many people have suffered from the use of chemical weapons in Syria, so it's very important that they are no longer used and people no longer suffer," Mahmoud al-Hamza said.
"Of course, we are speaking against these weapons but, for us, the real life conditions which Syrians face and care about are more important. Millions of dollars were spent on these weapons with money taken from the Syrian people," he added - speaking Friday at a news conference in Russia.
Al-Hamza is calling on all Syrian opposition groups to unite before the Geneva II conference taking place in Jan. 2014. All main Syrian opposition groups are expected to meet on Jan. 7 in Istanbul to "formulate their stance on Geneva II," according to al-Hamza.
Geneva II will be the first time representatives from the Syrian regime and opposition forces will sit down together in three years.