Syrian National Coalition (SNC) leader Ahmad Jarba delivers a speech during a press conference to talk about the Geneva II peace talks, on January 23, 2014 at the Intercontinental hotel in Geneva.(AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE DESMAZES)
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Syrian opposition chief Ahmed Jarba said on Thursday he had been assured by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that Moscow was not holding on to President Bashar al-Assad, but that Syrians should negotiate his exit through a political process.In a defiant speech, Jarba added that the international community had now realised there was no future for Assad.An aide to Jarba said the talks would start tomorrow at the United Nations in Geneva, but the two parties would not meet face to face for now.
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