Syria talks in Sochi ignore opposition demands

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The Syrian peace conference in Sochi, Russia, ended on Tuesday with a statement calling for democratic elections but ignored the main demands of the opposition after a day of disputes between delegates.

The participants also agreed to allow a committee to rewrite the Syrian constitution.

Many opposition representatives meanwhile said the conference was aimed at serving the interests of President Bashar al-Assad and his close ally, Moscow.

“This conference is tailor-made for Assad and his terrorist regime,” said Mustafa Sejari, a senior official in the Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebel group that operates in northern Syria.

“The Sochi statement does not concern us and is not even a subject of discussion.”

It is not known whether Syrian refugees would be allowed to participate in the elections, but the statement said that the Syrians alone have the right to choose their political system away from foreign intervention.

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