Syrian opposition puts off decision on peace talks

An unexploded mortar shells sticks out of the ground in front of Syrian pro-government forces standing on a street in the town of Sheikh Miskeen in southern Daraa province on January 26, 2015 after they retook the strategic town from rebel forcesA major Syrian opposition group postponed a decision on joining peace talks in Switzerland, as wrangling over who will go threatened to derail the biggest push yet to resolve the war. The Saudi-backed High Negotiations Committee — formed last month in an effort to unite Syria’s fractious political and armed opposition — met in Riyadh for a second day on whether to accept a UN invitation to the Geneva talks. Salem al-Meslet, a Committee spokesman, said the group could not make a decision until it has received a response from UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura.

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