Members of Syrian opposition groups gather after visiting the former mosque of Cordoba during a consultative meeting in Cordoba, southern Spain January 9, 2014. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo
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Several factions of the Syrian opposition, meeting together for the first time, called on Friday for a new coalition but did not reach agreement on who should attend peace talks later this month, or whether they would attend at all.The main opposition body in exile, the National Coalition, has been plagued by bickering.The communique, part of it seen by Reuters, repeated the opposition's longstanding condition that Geneva 2 should create a transitional authority for Syria in which Assad plays no role.The meeting saw National Coalition members sit down for the first time with opposition figures who still reside in Damascus and call for reforms, not Assad's removal. Such figures have been tolerated by the Syrian government but are at odds with many grassroots and exile opposition groups. However, two major groups did not officially attend: the main internal opposition body known as the National Coordinating Body (NCB), and an Islamist alliance known as the Islamic Front.
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