Syrian Coalition says it agrees to join international peace talks

by Reuters
Saturday, 18 January 2014 17:25 GMT

Smoke rises from buildings after what activists said was shelling from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the besieged area of Homs January 15, 2014. REUTERS/Thaer Al Khalidiya

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SILIVRI, Turkey, Jan 18 (Reuters) - The main Syrian political opposition group in exile, the Syrian National Coalition, has agreed to attend internationally sponsored peace talks beginning in Switzerland next week, the Coalition's media office said on Saturday.

The "Geneva 2" talks with representatives from President Bashar al-Assad's government start in Montreux on Wednesday.

Out of around 73 Syrian National Coalition members who voted, 58 backed the motion to attend and 14 voted against. Another 44 had already withdrawn from the vote. (Reporting by Dasha Afanasieva; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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