Syria opposition to attend Geneva II

Syria opposition to attend Geneva II http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-25796643

Syria’s main political opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition (SNC), has agreed to attend next week’s so-called Geneva II peace talks, to be held in Montreux.

Its representatives took the decision at a meeting in the Turkish city, Istanbul.

The aim of the talks is to start the process of setting up a transitional government to end the war in Syria.

The three-year conflict has claimed the lives of more than 100,000 people.

An estimated two million people have fled the country and some 6.5 million have been internally displaced.

‘Essential process’

Of the delegates who voted, 58 were in favour, 14 were against, while one abstained.

The BBC’s Jim Muir in Beirut says Western powers will be relieved at the vote, although it is less than the display of unanimity the advocates of the talks had hoped for.

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