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Syria opposition calls on Assad to hand over power

Published on Jan 22, 2014 6:20 PM
 
Syrian National Coalition (SNC) leader Ahmad Jarba at the start of the so-called Geneva II peace talks, on Jan 22, 2014, in Montreux. The Syrian opposition leader on Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014, called on President Bashar al-Assad to hand over power to a transitional government, as UN-led peace talks opened in Switzerland. -- PHOTO: AFP

MONTREUX, Switzerland (AFP) - The Syrian opposition leader on Wednesday called on President Bashar al-Assad to hand over power to a transitional government, as UN-led peace talks opened in Switzerland.

"I call on (the regime delegation) to immediately sign the Geneva 1 communique (setting out) the transfer of powers from Assad, including for the army and security, to a transition government," Mr Ahmad Jarba, president of the Syrian National Coalition, told the delegations gathered in the city of Montreux.