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Syrian External Opposition Says No Deal With Assad

Syria's external opposition rules out talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while internal opposition forces consider negotiations.
President of the Syrian National Council George Sabra speaks during a conference for the reconstruction of Syria, at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai November 21, 2012. REUTERS/Jumana El Heloueh (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR3AOOH
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It seems that chances of the Geneva II conference succeeding have declined, following the statements of George Sabra, president of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, on May 29 that the coalition will not take part in this peace initiative so long as Iran and Lebanese Hezbollah are waging war alongside government forces in Syria. The coalition demands also that any negotiations with the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must lead to his resignation.

quick response came on May 30 from Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who described the “coalition” demands as “impossible to fulfill” and accused them of seeking to disrupt the peace.

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