Syrian opposition in exile plans to meet in Turkey

May 26, 2011 21:24


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AMMAN - Exiled Syrian opposition activists will meet in Turkey next week to support the uprising in their homeland and help coordinate the campaign to end almost five decades of Baathist rule, organizers said on Thursday.

Representatives of protesters in Syria will also attend the 3-day conference in Antalya, which starts on June 1, they said.

Khalaf Ali Khalaf, a member of the meeting's secretariat, said by telephone from Turkey, that the aim was to "coordinate the democratic effort, Instead, for example, of talking individually with countries that support the uprising".

He said the conference will select representatives to help raise international pressure on Syria, but will not form a transitional council similar to that set up in Libya by rebels fighting Muammar Gaddafi.

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