Syrian opposition holding talks

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Published: Friday 2nd January 2015 by The News Editor

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The main Western-backed Syrian opposition group has begun a three-day meeting in Turkey to discuss a range of issues, including a Russian initiative to hold talks in Moscow on a resolution to Syria’s civil war.

The Syrian National Coalition is also expected to elect a new president during the closed-doors proceedings in Istanbul.

Russian diplomats have been meeting the Syrian government and the Coalition to try to arrange talks without preconditions.

The Coalition has not ruled out participating, but has so far insisted that any negotiated settlement be based on the so-called Geneva platform, which calls for the formation of a transitional governing body with full executive powers.

The Syrian government of Bashar Assad has said it is ready to attend.

Published: Friday 2nd January 2015 by The News Editor

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