A view of Room II which will be used for the Intra-Syrian Talks at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)
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The Syrian opposition cast doubt on whether it would go to peace talks planned for Friday, throwing U.N. diplomatic efforts into question as it accused the United States of adopting unacceptable Iranian and Russian ideas for solving the conflict."This is what the HNC has laid down," he said.Reflecting opposition misgivings about the process, he told Al-Hadath that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had tabled Iranian and Russian ideas about Syria at a recent meeting with opposition leader Riad Hijab. The U.S. Special Envoy for Syria, Michael Ratney, urged the opposition to attend the talks.The opposition has been increasingly critical of U.S. policy.De Mistura is the third international envoy for Syria.It would be "unfair" and "counterproductive" to stop Syrian Kurds from taking part in the peace talks, Lavrov said.The Syrian government and its allies have made significant gains against rebels in western Syria in recent weeks.
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