Syria opposition rejects talks while Hezbollah backs Assad

By REUTERS
May 31, 2013 13:15

 
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ISTANBUL - The acting head of Syria's opposition coalition said on Friday it would stay out of any international peace talks as long as Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas were fighting alongside President Bashar Assad's forces.

However, it was not clear if the statement by George Sabra was the fragmented organization's final word.

Russia and the United States are trying to draw Assad's representatives and his opponents into planned talks in Geneva on forming a transitional government in an effort to end more than two years of bloodshed.

"The Syrian Coalition will not participate in international conferences and will not support any efforts in light of Hezbollah and Iran's militia's invasion of Syria," Sabra said.

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