Members of Syrian opposition groups pose for a family photo in the former mosque of Cordoba at a consultative meeting in Cordoba, southern Spain January 9, 2014. (REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo)
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Disparate Syrian opposition groups, including several Islamist rebel representatives, met for the first time in the Spanish city of Cordoba to seek common ground ahead of peace talks with Bashar Assad's government later this month.After nearly three years of conflict the opposition has fractured into competing groups with different regional backers and the West is pushing to gather a unified body of opposition members to attend talks on Jan. 22, dubbed "Geneva II". More than 100,000 people have been killed, more than 2 million refugees have fled abroad and another 6.5 million are displaced inside Syria itself.The opposition wants the talks in Switzerland to create a transitional authority for Syria in which Assad plays no role, but his government says it will not surrender power and that the president will remain in control.A copy of the invitations for the Geneva II meeting obtained by Reuters said the talks should implement an international accord in Geneva 18 months ago which called for the establishment of a fully empowered transitional body – a phrase which Assad's opponents say means he must relinquish power.
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