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Syria's opposition NCB refuses to participate in Geneva II conference

English.news.cn   2014-01-16 01:27:47

DAMASCUS, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- The damascus-based opposition group National Coordination Body (NCB) will not attend the upcoming Geneva II conference on the crisis in Syria, a leading member of the NCB told Xinhua Wednesday.

"We will not attend the Geneva II conference because we refuse to participate under the umbrella of the Syrian National Coalition, " Safwan Akkasheh said.

Akkasheh's remarks came against the backdrop of recent calls on the NCB to participate in the peace talks under the umbrella of the Western-backed exiled Syrian National Coalition (SNC).

The NCB said earlier it would partake in the conference in a unified delegation that would group several opposition parties, but not under the SNC's umbrella.

The NCB said earlier that its demands have not been met with seriousness, such as the creation of a positive atmosphere to make the conference success.

"Here we are days ahead of the conference and we are still in a foggy situation that leads us to be the weaker part in the conference," the NCB said in a statement Wednesday.

The Geneva II Conference, slated for Jan. 22, aims to engage warring Syrian parties to seek a solution to the prolonged crisis.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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