Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad gestures as he talks to journalists after a meeting with the Syrian opposition at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Switzerland, Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
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Syria's opposition laid out a transition plan for the war-ravaged nation at Geneva peace talks Wednesday, including chasing out foreign fighters and a path to elections, but the regime refused to discuss it.The opposition plan, seen by AFP, sketches out the role of the so-called Transitional Governing Body (TGB), which the international community says is key to regime change in Syria.The goal is to create a transitional government to steer Syria out of the war that began after President Bashar al-Assad's crackdown on Arab Spring-inspired protests in March 2011 .Monzer Aqbiq, a senior adviser to Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Jarba, also contrasted the manner in which jihadists have slipped into Syria with the "organised way" the regime has brought in "mercenaries" from the Iranian-backed Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah and Iran's Revolutionary Guards.
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