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Splits in Syrian opposition coalition ahead of vote

The Syrian National Coalition is likely to vote ‘yes’ to attend Geneva II, but it could prompt a splinter within the group.
Syrian National Coalition Chief Ahmad al-Jarba (L) listens to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during the start of their meeting at the U.S. Ambassador residence in Paris January 13, 2014. Syria's government and some rebels may be willing to permit humanitarian aid to flow, enforce local ceasefires and take other confidence-building measures in the nearly three-year-old civil war, Kerry said on Monday.   REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool   (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS) - RTX17CPS

ISTANBUL — A day of fierce debates is in store for the Syrian National Coalition on Friday (Jan. 17), with members still divided over whether or not to attend the Geneva II talks that start Jan. 22.

US Secretary of State John Kerry again urged a “positive vote” from the coalition, reiterating that “the Geneva peace conference is not the end but rather the beginning, the launch of a process, a process that is the best opportunity for the opposition to achieve the goals of the Syrian people and the revolution.”

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