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Top envoys insist Syria peace talks must proceed

9:50 AM, Jan 12, 2014   |    comments
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PARIS (AP) - The head of Syria's main Western-backed opposition group says its international supporters agree that Bashar Assad has no future as the country's leader.

Ahmed al-Jarba's statement Sunday came as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and top envoys from 10 other countries raised the pressure for peace talks that would bring his Syrian National Coalition face-to-face with the government the rebels are trying to overthrow.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said those Geneva talks are the only hope of a way out of the fighting that activists say has killed more than 130,000 people.

The two-day series of meetings began Sunday in Paris as the Syrian coalition-in-exile verges on collapse, weakened by indecision, the perception that it is out of touch, and disagreement over whether to negotiate with Assad's representatives.

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