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Over 20 Militant Groups Reject Geneva 2 Conference

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Over twenty foreign-backed militant groups fighting against the Syrian government have rejected the planned Geneva 2 conference aimed at resolving the crisis in Syria.

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“We announce that the Geneva 2 conference is not, nor will it ever be our people’s choice,” the groups said in a statement read out by the Suqour al-Sham (Falcons of the Levant) Brigade chief, Ahmed Eissa al-Sheikh, in a video posted online on Sunday.

The militant groups also warned that anyone who attends the Geneva peace talks would be committing “treason, and … would have to answer for it before our courts.”

The joint declaration comes as divisions are deepening among foreign-sponsored Syrian opposition groups over their participation in the Geneva 2 conference planned for November.

The so-called Syrian National Coalition is to meet on November 9 to decide whether to take part in the peace talks.

Meanwhile, UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi is preparing to travel to Damascus on Monday as part of a regional tour to muster support for the Geneva meeting.

On Saturday, he said in Tehran that Iran’s participation in the Geneva 2 talks is “necessary.”

Brahimi had visited Turkey, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar before travelling to Iran in order to attract their support for the talks.

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