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Syrian opposition agrees to attend Geneva talks with preconditions – SNC statement

Published time: November 11, 2013 00:58

The Western-backed Syrian opposition group has agreed to participate international peace talks, outlining conditions that must be met before they attend in Geneva, the group said in a statement.

The Syrian National Council is demanding a guarantee that relief agencies will get unhindered access to rebel-held areas of Syria, Reuters reports citing the statement. The group also demanded the release of political prisoners.

The creation of transitional ruling body in which the current government should not have a role remains the opposition’s main goal.

“All we can do is hope is that these talks will end with the departure of Bashar al-Assad,” said Adib Shishakly, a member of the coalition told Reuters.

The consensus in the SNC was reached after two days of discussions over the weekend.

On Saturday, the SNC leader Ahmad Jarba indicated that the group was willing to take part in the talks if the West kept its promise to organize ‘humanitarian aid’ corridors to the rebel forces on the ground.

“In a closed meeting in London, John Kerry, Mr Hague and the other Friends of Syria ministers promised us that they would solve this issue before Geneva. They have not solved it yet,” Jarba said in an interview with the Sunday Telegraph.

RT – News


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