Monday, 20 January 2014

Syrian National Council Quits Peace Talks


Syrian National Council quits opposition coalition


AFP

A handout picture released by the Syrian National Coalition shows SNC president Ahmad Jarba (L) and Secretary general Badr Jamus at their general assembly on January 18, 2014 at a hotel in a suburb of Istanbul
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A handout picture released by the Syrian National Coalition shows SNC president Ahmad Jarba (L) and Secretary general Badr Jamus at their general assembly on January 18, 2014 at a hotel in a suburb of Istanbul (AFP Photo/MHD Ziadeh)

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Beirut (AFP) - The biggest bloc in Syria's opposition-in-exile, the Syrian National Council, said late Monday it was quitting the umbrella Syrian National Coalition in protest over the Geneva II peace talks with the Damascus regime.
The group said taking part in the talks would renege on its "commitments" to not enter negotiations until Syrian President Bashar al-Assad left power -- something he refuses to do.