Envoy regrets non-participation of opposition group in Syria conference

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Lakhdar Brahimi

The UN and Arab League envoy for Syria, has said he regrets the decision of an opposition group in the country not to take part in peace talks in Switzerland.

Lakhdar Brahimi said in a statement that he respected the decision of the National Coordination Committee or NCC not to join the opposition delegation to the talks but deeply regretted it they would not be included.

Mr Brahimi has yet to announce the make-up of the two delegations to the talks, which are set to begin next week in Montreux.

The talks are aimed at bringing an end to three years of civil war, which has led to the deaths of more than 100,000 people in Syria. Eleven million people are in need of humanitarian assistance inside the country and in neighbouring states.

Mr Brahimi said he was confident the NCC will continue to work for the return of peace in the country, and the future of what he called a "new and democratic Syria."

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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