Middle East

Syria regime 'forced to negotiate': opposition

Louay Safi, spokesperson of the Syrian opposition's National Coalition, gestures during a press briefing on peace talks at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva on January 31, 2014. AFP PHOTO/PHILIPPE DESMAZES

GENEVA: Syria's regime was forced to the negotiating table thanks to the actions of the country's rebels, who represent the true voice of the Syrian people, opposition spokesman Louay Safi said Friday.

"The fact that the regime has been forced come to Geneva -- this is the result of the fighting of the Syrian people," Safi told reporters after a week-long first round of peace talks wrapped up here.





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