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Syrian opposition awaits invitation to Geneva peace talks

Saturday, November 09, 2013 - 01:32

Nov. 9 - The Syrian opposition meets in Istanbul to decide on whether to attend international peace talks in Geneva. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Amateur video which cannot be independently verified by Reuters shows no let up in Syria as bombing campaigns continue across the country. And there are few signs that peace is at hand. As the Syrian Opposition meets in Turkey, spokesman Khaled Saleh says they are waiting for an invitation to peace talks. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SPOKESMAN FOR SYRIAN NATIONAL COALITION, KHALED SALEH, SAYING: "And we are in dialogue with the secretary general of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, and we are waiting to receive an official invitation from him for the Geneva conference. What we are looking for from the Russians is to actually start applying some pressure on the Assad regime." The U.S. and Russia are hoping to launch the so-called Geneva 2 peace talks, aimed at ending the more than two year old civil war in Syria. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SPOKESMAN FOR SYRIAN NATIONAL COALITION, KHALED SALEH, SAYING: "If the Assad regime is serious about a political solution, it needs to start by giving the world some signs that it is actually serious about a political solution." Haithham al Maleh, also of the Syrian National Coalition, is pouring cold water on the talks. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MEMBER OF SYRIAN NATIONAL COALITION HAITHAM AL MALEH SAYING: "If the regime continues to kill people, arrest people, burn the country, we will not go." l As the opposition struggles to find a united front, there's been little pause in the fighting -- in a war that has already claimed the lives of more than 100,000 people.

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Syrian opposition awaits invitation to Geneva peace talks

Saturday, November 09, 2013 - 01:32