Peace envoy to Syria: No talks without opposition
DAMASCUS — The international envoy to Syria called on the divided opposition Friday to overcome differences and agree to attend peace talks with President Bashar Assad's government, warning the negotiations cannot go forward without them.
Lakhdar Brahimi, who wrapped up his five-day visit to Damascus, appeared uncertain about prospects for the meeting expected to take place this month in Geneva.
The deeply fractured Syrian opposition groups are split on whether to attend the talks. They also disagree over conditions for taking part — from demands that Assad step down right away to guarantees that he would not be part of a negotiated solution for the country's future. The opposition is split between Damascus-based groups, who have said they will attend without preconditions, and the exiled opposition, which is more hard-line.
The government has rejected demands that Assad step aside, saying he will stay at least until the end of his term in mid-2014, and will then decide whether to seek re-election. Assad has said he will not negotiate with armed rebels.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
- Warhol’s ‘One Dollar’ brings in the big bucks
- Saudi prince will donate all wealth, $32B worth
- Egyptian security outposts attacked
- Images show Chinese airstrip on man-made Spratly island nearly finished
- Famine nears in Yemen; deadly blasts continue
- Iran shrugs off deadline for nuclear talks
- China’s new national security law covers everything from space to cults
- Fate of Greece remains in peoples’ hands with referendum still on
- Militants attack Egyptian army checkpoints in Sinai, kill 53
- Indonesia plane crash death toll 141 as search effort ends
- Israelis intercept protest ship at sea bound for Gaza Strip