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Syrian opposition SNC wont participate in Russia-sponsored congress - spokesman

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BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Syrian National Coalition, a group fighting the Syrian government, said on Wednesday it opposed a Russian-sponsored congress of Syrian groups, calling it an attempt to circumvent U.N.-backed Geneva peace talks that aim for a political transition for the war-torn country. “The Coalition will not participate in any negotiations with the regime outside Geneva or without U.N. sponsorship,” SNC spokesman Ahmad Ramadan told Reuters. “Russia’s call for a conference for Syrians in Sochi is an attempt to circumvent Geneva and the international desire for a political transition in Syria in accordance with U.N. security council resolutions,” the Turkey-based SNC said.

(Reporting by Lisa Barrington, editing by Larry King)
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