DAMASCUS, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- The Turkish-based oppositional Syrian National Council withdrew on Tuesday from the Syrian National Coalition, the main opposition umbrella in exile, to protest the latter's acceptance to participate in the Geneva II peace conference on Syria's crisis, Arab media reports said.
The council threatened in October, 2013 that it will pull out of the coalition if the latter decided to sit on the negotiating table in Geneva with representatives of the Syrian government.
The report said that Syrian National Council has withdrawn from and boycotted the coalition completely. The exiled coalition has been under tremendous international pressures to participate in the Geneva II talks, and more than 40 of its members have left over its acceptance to negotiate with Damascus.
The international community, mainly Russia and the United States, urged both parties to the Syrian conflict to meet face to face for the first time since its eruption in early 2011.
The goal of Geneva II is to achieve a political solution to the Syrian conflict through a comprehensive agreement between the government and the opposition on full implementation of the Geneva communique, adopted by the Geneva I conference on Jan. 30, 2012.
The communique, which has been endorsed by the UN Security Council, lays out key steps to end the violence in Syria. However, hurdles lie ahead for the conflict to be solved as the Syrian government wants the Geneva II to focus on combating terrorism while the opposition wants it to result in the formation of a transitional government where Syrian President Bashar al-Assad plays no role.