Syrian opposition to attend Geneva II

The SNC said they are going to attend the peace talks to ensure a political transition process.

Syrian opposition to attend Geneva II

World Bulletin / News Desk

Syria's main opposition group said Monday that it will attend the so-called "Geneva II" peace conference on Wednesday in Montreux, Switzerland.

We are pleased to hear that the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon withdrew his invitation to Iran to participate in the peace talks, the Syrian National Coalition said in a statement.

The SNC said they are going to attend the peace talks to ensure a political transition process, and realize the goal of establishing a fully authorized transition government where "Assad and his close associates with blood on their hands will have no role in Syria."

The Syrian opposition suspended on Sunday its decision to attend the "Geneva II" due to UN Ban's invitation to Iran to attend the international gathering.

The group asked Ban to retract this invitation unless Iran withdrew its troops from Syria and officially accepted the June 2012 Geneva Communiqué.

The Geneva Communiqué calls for cessation of violence by both the government and armed opposition, release of prisoners, freedom of movement for journalists, freedom of association and full humanitarian access.

Brokered by the US and Russia, the Geneva II conference is set to bring both sides of the conflict together, as the SNC agreed to attend after months of reluctance to commit.

More than 100,000 people have been killed in three years of conflict which also internally displaced more than 6.5 million people. Over two million are now registered as refugees in neighboring countries, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.

Last Mod: 21 Ocak 2014, 09:12
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