Free Syrian Army chief says forces will not join peace summit
Gen Salim Idriss says conditions ‘not suitable’ for Geneva 2 talks
Free Syrian Army fighters near a pick-up truck mounted with an anti-aircraft weapon at al-Jarba area near the fifth bridge area on Damascus International Airport Road at the weekend. Photograph: Msallam Abd Albaset/Reuters
The head of the Free Syrian Army said today that rebel forces loyal to him would not join a planned peace conference in Switzerland in January and would continue their fight to topple President Bashar al-Assad throughout the talks.
“Conditions are not suitable for running the Geneva 2 talks at the given date, and we, as a military and revolutionary force, will not participate in the conference,” General Salim Idriss told the pan-Arab news channel Al Jazeera.
“We will not stop combat at all during the Geneva conference or after it, and what concerns us is getting needed weapons for our fighters.”
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