Difficult for “moderate” Syrian opposition to take part in Geneva talks – Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

ISTANBUL, Jan 29 (KUNA) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that it is difficult for the “moderate” Syrian opposition to take part in Geneva peace talks unless a cease-fire is put in place to stop the Russian bombing of rebel groups.
The constant bombing by Russia of opposition areas creates a significant problem for the opposition,” Erdogan told reporters after attending Friday prayers.
Turkey, a main backer of a moderate Syrian opposition along with Saudi Arabia, also pressed for not including Syrian Kurdish group; the Democratic Union Party (PYD) at the talks, and threatened to boycott the talks otherwise.
Last Wednesday, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said that UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura had decided against sending an invitation to the Kurdish group. (end) ta.hb