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Key Syria opposition bloc reaffirms peace talks rejection

Published on Jan 4, 2014 6:17 AM

BEIRUT (AFP) - A key group within Syria's mainstream opposition National Coalition reaffirmed on Friday that it will not attend peace talks slated for later this month in Switzerland.

"After meetings with many international delegations in recent weeks... the Syrian National Council (SNC) confirms it sees no reason to attend the Geneva conference," SNC member Samir Nashar told Agence France-Presse by telephone.

Mr Nashar also forecast that the National Coalition, which has still not taken a definitive decision, would similarly not show up.

Friday's announcement reiterates a statement by SNC president George Sabra in October that the group had take a "firm decision" not to attend the talks.

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