Syria’s regime-tolerated opposition has said it has turned down an invitation from the National Coalition to attend peace talks this week in Switzerland.
In a statement issued Monday, the National Coordination Body for Democratic Change said its chief Hassan Abdel Azim had been asked a day earlier by Coalition president Ahmad Jarba to join the talks in a single delegation.
“The answer of the NCBDC’s general coordinator… was to refuse to attend the conference in a single delegation with the Coalition,” the group said.
The NCBDC had on January 14 said it would not attend the so-called Geneva II talks under the Coalition umbrella.
The group slammed the lack of preparatory meetings for the talks, scheduled to begin on Wednesday, and the Coalition’s last-minute decision to attend.
The NCBDC said it would require “communication with democratic opposition groups inside and outside Syria