Syrian opposition undecided on attending talks

By REUTERS
October 19, 2013 01:04

 
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WASHINGTON - The Syrian opposition coalition has not yet decided whether to attend a long-delayed international conference on ending Syria's civil war, the coalition's US representative said on Friday.

Najib Ghadbian acknowledged that an important component of the coalition had decided against taking part, but said other members of the umbrella organization could still decide to go, assuming that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is not there.

"We have not made a decision in the coalition about whether to go or not, but we agreed on certain determinants of what's acceptable for us to go to Geneva, including our understanding that Assad is not part of that process," Ghadbian said during an appearance at John Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies in Washington.

George Sabra, the president of the Syrian National Council, the largest group in the Western-backed opposition coalition, was quoted recently by Agence France-Presse as saying the council would not attend the talks, saying he did not think they would offer anything to the Syrians.

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