Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

BUSINESS DAILY

Can oil producers agree to cut supply?

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Women terrorists are 'probably the future', says ex-CIA agent

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Malian jihadist jailed for nine years for destroying ancient Timbuktu shrines

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Juncker and Schulz debate the future of Europe

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Hillary wins debate but Trump 'wins undecideds'

Read more

THE DEBATE

Who won? The impact of first Clinton-Trump debate (part 1)

Read more

THE DEBATE

Who won? The impact of first Clinton-Trump debate (part 2)

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Abubakar Shekau says he is still leading Boko Haram

Read more

FOCUS

Video: 'Buy Black' movement gains momentum in US

Read more

Middle east

Opposition urged to attend Friends of Syria peace talks

© AFP

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-01-13

The “Friends of Syria”, an alliance of mainly Western and Gulf Arab countries who oppose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, on Sunday put pressure on the country’s split opposition groups to attend the January 22 peace talks in Switzerland.

“There will be no political solution for Syria unless ‘Geneva 2’ meets,” French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on behalf of the group.

The internationally sponsored meeting aims to bring Assad’s government and opposition groups to the negotiating table.

In a statement issued at the end of Sunday’s talks, the 11-nation Friends of Syria urged the opposition to respond positively to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s invitation to send a delegation to the talks in Montreux. The grouping of Western-backed rebels is deeply divided on whether to go and will announce a decision on January 17.

“We urge the National Coalition to respond positively to the invitation to set up the Syrian opposition delegation sent by the UN Secretary General,” the Friends said in a joint statement.

“We invite them to form, as soon as possible, a delegation of opposition forces to participate in the political process.”

Coalition President Ahmed al-Jarba, who attended the Paris meeting, did not say whether he believed the coalition would send a delegation, but said he was reassured that the 11 nations had agreed that there could be no transition if Assad remained in power.

“We are all in agreement to say that Assad has no future in Syria,” he said.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, REUTERS)
 

Date created : 2014-01-12

  • SYRIA

    Kerry leads Syrian opposition talks in Paris

    Read more

  • SYRIA

    First batch of chemical weapons leaves Syria

    Read more

  • SYRIA

    Syrian rebels battle al Qaeda jihadists in second 'revolution’

    Read more

COMMENT(S)