Syria’s main political opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition, has announced that it will attend next week’s peace talks in Switzerland.
The SNC has come under strong pressure from its Western and Arab donors to take part in the conference, known as “Geneva II”.
Many of the group’s members, however, have been hesitant to join negotiations that they feel have little chance of success.
At a meeting in Istanbul, the SNC finally voted in favour of attending, but issued a clear message to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
“Whoever thinks we are going to Geneva II to forget about what has happened in the past, they are mistaken. We are only going through this to keep alive the memories of the massacres of the regime against people who are calling for freedom and democracy,” SNC President Ahmed Jarba told reporters.
The Assad government has already said that it will participate in the talks.