Russia To Host Talks With Syrian Opposition
July 02, 2012
Russia's Foreign Ministry says it will host talks with two Syrian opposition groups later this month to discuss a political transition plan backed by the United Nations, Russia, and the United States.
The plan, announced after international talks in Geneva on June 30, calls for the formation of a government that could include members of both the Assad regime and the opposition.
Opposition figures have denounced the plan as a mockery.
Russia's July 2 announcement came as around 250 members of the Syrian opposition were meeting in Cairo for a two-day unity conference sponsored by the Arab League.
The Free Syrian Army, whose fighters are battling the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, has denounced the meeting as a "conspiracy" that serves the policy goals of the regime's allies in Russia and Iran.
Based on reporting by AP and ITAR-TASS
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