Iran says up to UN to decide who represents Syria opposition

By REUTERS
January 20, 2016 18:56

 
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DAVOS, Switzerland - Iran said on Wednesday it was up to a United Nations envoy to decide who should represent Syrian opposition forces in international peace talks due to start this month.

Foreign Minister Javad Zarif told a news conference at the World Economic Forum in Davos that the opposition delegation at the center of fierce diplomatic dispute should not include members of three internationally recognized "terrorist groups".

Those were Islamic State, also known as ISIS or Daesh, al-Qaida and the Nusra Front, he said, adding that 10 "card-carrying members" of al-Qaida had attended an opposition meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, convened to form a delegation for the Geneva talks.

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