World Bulletin/News Desk
The National Coordination Body, a Syrian opposition group that some rebels see as a front for President Bashar al-Assad, has decided not to take part in peace talks that will begin next week, international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said on Thursday.
Brahimi said in a statement that he respected the organisation's decision not to join the opposition delegation to the talks but deeply regretted they would not be included. Brahimi has yet to announce the make-up of the two delegations to the talks, which are set to begin on Jan 22.
The National Coordination Body is also known as the National Coordination Committee.
Earlier, a leading member of the NCB told Xinhua "We will not attend the Geneva II conference because we refuse to participate under the umbrella of the Syrian National Coalition."
Safwan Akkasheh remarks came against the backdrop of recent calls on the NCB to participate in the peace talks under the umbrella of the Western-backed exiled Syrian National Coalition (SNC).
The Geneva II Conference, slated for Jan. 22, aims to engage warring Syrian parties to seek a solution to the prolonged crisis.Last Mod: 16 Ocak 2014, 16:04