Syria Opposition won’t go to peace talks if Iran comes

Written by | January 20, 2014 | 0

Ahmad Ramadan, a senior member of the Syrian National Coalition, said the Opposition is “suspending” its participation because Iran has forces in Syria and is “invading” the country.

Syria’s main, Western—backed Opposition said on Monday that it will not attend the U.N.-hosted peace talks in Geneva this week aimed at ending the country’s civil war if Iran comes to the gathering.

Ahmad Ramadan, a senior member of the Syrian National Coalition, said the Opposition is “suspending” its participation because Iran has forces in Syria and is “invading” the country.

The comments came hours after the United Nations invited Iran to attend an international meeting of foreign ministers in the Swiss city of Montreux ahead of the first direct peace talks between the warring Syrian sides.

The remarks also further decreased already low expectations of major breakthroughs at the conference, which was to bring for the first time ever representatives of Syria’s government and its opponents face—to—face in an international setting.

Diplomats and political leaders have acknowledged that the prospects of bringing a halt to a conflict that has killed more than 130,000 people and touched off the worst humanitarian crisis in decades any time soon are slim at best.

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