Syria opposition agrees to attend Geneva conference

By Supriya Jha | Last Updated: Monday, November 11, 2013 - 15:38

Zee Media Bureau/Supriya Jha

Damascus: After two days of talks in Istanbul, the Syrian opposition coalition has said that it will participate in the Geneva II peace conference aimed to resolve Syrian conflict, reports said Monday.

The Syrian National Coalition (SNC) said in a statement, "A consensus has been reached among the coalition members about the need to take part in the Geneva II conference."

However, the opposition groups have agrred to participate in the conference but not without conditions.

In lieu of attending the peace conference, the SNC wants a guarantee from the Syrian government to allow relief agencies to enter besieged areas and release of political prisoners.

The SNC statement added that the coalition also demanded that any political conference should ensure a political transition in Syria.

The move might come as a relief for the Arab League as earlier, the opposition had been in two minds over the participation in Geneva talks and they had said they will attend the talks only after President Assad stepped down.

On the other hand, the Syrian government has said it would be at the talks only without any preconditions set by the rebels.

More than 100,000 have died in the conflict since March 2011 in the bloody Syrian conflict, according to a UN estimate.

First Published: Monday, November 11, 2013 - 15:38

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