US Secretary of State John Kerry throws his scarf over his shoulder as he arrives at the Le Bourget airport to attend a two-day meeting on Syria, on January 12, 2014.(AFP PHOTO POOL / PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS )
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The United States on Sunday voiced confidence that Syria's opposition National Coalition group would attend upcoming peace talks in Switzerland with representatives of Bashar al-Assad's regime.Kerry is due to meet Monday with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov and the UN-Arab League envoy on Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, as well as holding further talks with Jarba.Kerry's comments came after Jarba's coalition was offered assurances that there will be no place for Assad in a transitional government they hope to see emerge from the so-called Geneva II talks due to start in Montreux on January 22 . The Swiss talks have been organised in an attempt to revive the idea of moving to a transitional government including figures from the current regime and the opposition.Kerry would not be drawn on what would happen if Assad pulled out of the talks.British Foreign Secretary William Hague said it was in the opposition's interests to attend the talks and try to end a conflict that has caused 130,000 deaths and created more than two million refugees.
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