Middle East

Syrian opposition to name delegation for talks

A handout picture released by the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) shows SNC president Ahmad Jarba speaking during a press conferance on January 18, 2014 at a hotel in a suburb of Istanbul. AFP PHOTO/Syrian National Coalition Media/HO

BEIRUT: A senior official with Syria's Western-backed main opposition group says its leadership will meet to name members of a delegation heading to a peace conference this week.

Ahmad Ramadan says the meeting is planned for later Sunday in Istanbul. He says it will decide who will negotiate with the Syrian government delegation in Switzerland.

Ramadan's comments came a day after the Syrian National Coalition voted in favor of attending the conference, paving the way for the first direct talks between the rival sides in the nearly three-year conflict.

Ramadan says the 15-member delegation will include two representatives of the country's ethnic Kurdish minority, two for rebels and two for opposition groups based in Syria.





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