Oct. 29 - After more than two and a half years of bloodshed in Syria, U.N. peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi meets Syrian opposition groups, upcoming peace talks look grim. Gavino Garay reports.
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After two and a half years of bloodshed -- a glimmer of hope for Syrians, but not much more...
U.N. peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi meets with opposition leaders to discuss upcoming Geneva 2 talks.
The main issue, uniting opposition groups under one 'umbrella' term, to form an opposition delegation..
Syrian National Party Head, Ali Haidar, refuses to be called a "coalition."
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HEAD OF THE SYRIAN NATIONAL PARTY, ALI HAIDAR, SAYING:
"It is not possible to unite the opposition and he has to find another way. There is no doubt we will not go under the umbrella of the coalition because we differ with them completely. There is a difference between our agenda and theirs"
The sensitive nomenclature is also an issue for the National Coordination Body's Hassan Abdul Azim:
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HEAD OF THE NATIONAL COORDINATION BODY, HASSAN ABDUL AZIM, SAYING:
"We demanded that the opposition's delegations be grouped under a united delegation under the name of Syrian National Opposition and not the name of the coalition."
The peace envoy has been traveling the Middle East to the upcoming talks, tentatively set for November 23rd.
Brahimi also dismissed reports that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad might attend the talks.
So far, no indication that the opposition groups will take the bait, and come to the negotiation table.
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