DAMASCUS, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- The oppositional Syrian National Council (SNC) declared Sunday that it will not participate in the upcoming conference on Syria planned to be held in Geneva.
The head of the exiled SNC, George Sabra, made the comments during a phone interview with the pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV, in which he said that his council would withdraw from the broader National Coalition if the later decided to partake.
He said the SNC would not take part in the Geneva conference, slated initially for mid-November, in light of the recent circumstances in Syria and outside Syria.
The rejection came as the head of SNC hinted earlier that the coalition will participate in the conference, which is the result of a U.S.-Russian understanding to politically find a political solution to Syria's crisis.
The SNC rejection also reflects the deep division among the exiled opposition parties and also mirrors those groups' frustration as they have been hoping for removing the administration of President Bashar al-Assad by a foreign military intervention.
On October 7, the oppositional National Coordination Body, the largest political oppositional group inside Syria, said the Geneva conference would open a new gate for political solution in Syria.
Safwan Akkasheh, a leading member of the NCB, said that his group has no preconditions to attend the conference, which is a follow-up to last year's international meeting in Geneva that drafted a peace roadmap for Syria but never materialized.
Akkasheh said "We have goals to achieve in the new conference, the first is to achieve a political and democratic transition in Syria, which means to build a democratic and civil state in Syria led by an interim government with full executives headed by an agreed-upon opposition figure."
Last month, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the Geneva II meeting would be held in mid-November, and his calls were renewed when Russia and the U.S. agreed to push for holding Syria peace talks in the same date.
The peace conference aims to bring together the warring sides in Syria to hammer out a political solution that could end the long-standing crisis in Syria which killed over 115,000 people.