Ahmad al-Jarba, leader of Syria's opposition National Coalition arrives for the Geneva 2 talks on Syria, at Geneva International airport January 21, 2014. (REUTERS/Salvatore Di Nolfi/Pool)
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Syria's opposition National Coalition has left for a peace conference in Switzerland this week fractured over its participation and facing doubts about its ability to implement any deal.45 coalition members refused to even vote and the group's largest component, the Syrian National Council, announced it was quitting over participation in the talks."If the coalition falls on its face, you have different groups that are jockeying to assume the main position again," he told AFP. "That's one of the main reasons that the SNC took the position it has".And he noted that the SNC, and the Muslim Brotherhood which belongs to it, retained some members inside the coalition so it would not be excluded if the talks led to real dialogue.The SNC withdrawal had been widely expected because of its long-standing opposition to the talks.A more crucial obstacle to the peace talks is likely to be the division between the opposition and the regime on the future of President Bashar Assad.
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