Syrian Opposition Rejecting Peace Talks with Syrian Government

Western and Arab powers are struggling to get Syrian opposition leaders to attend peace talk next month in Geneva. The Syrian opposition is refusing to meet with any members of the current government. They contend that the only Syrian opposition groups should be allowed to attend the peace talks, which is a follow-up to this summer’s initial meeting.

Syrian opposition meet with the “Friends of Syria Group,” in London on Tuesday. The Group is made of 11 countries that convene periodically on the issue of Syria outside the U.N. Secrity Council. Among the attendees, British Foreign Secretary William Hague and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry both urged rebels leaders to attend talks in Geneva, saying Syria is at risk of 'implosion' if the civil war continues. 

But opposition leader Ahmad Jarba has made it clear that the opposition will not compromise on their demands. They are also rejecting Iran playing any role in peace talks. 

Meanwhile, current Syrian President Bashir al-Assad says he is preparing to run for re-election in 2014.