In this Friday, March 2, 2012 file photo, men hold revolutionary Syrian flags during an anti-government protest in a town in northern Syria. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)
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Syrian armed groups opposed to President Bashar Assad have rejected an invitation to U.N. consultations in Geneva, according to a letter seen by Reuters on Wednesday, dealing an blow to hopes of reviving talks to end the conflict.De Mistura has repeatedly tried to clarify remarks on Assad that he made in February, saying his words was taken out of context and he meant the Syrian president was part of the solution for reducing violence.It also rejected De Mistura's decision to invite Iran to take part in the consultations process, saying it was occupying Syria, trying to undermine its Arab and Islamic identity, violating human rights and committing crimes against humanity.
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