Syria opposition reacts coolly to UN-backed peace plan

A Syrian rebel fighter, reportedly belonging to the Faylaq al-Rahman brigade, holds a position during an operation in the area of Marj al-Sultan's military airport, on December 17, 2015A UN-backed roadmap to end the Syrian war was met with scepticism Saturday by members of the country’s fractured opposition who insist President Bashar al-Assad must go to achieve peace. The US and Russian initiative, unanimously approved by the UN Security Council on Friday, foresees talks between the rebels and the regime and a rapid ceasefire, perhaps even next month. The resolution “undermines the outcome of the meetings of revolutionary forces in Riyadh and waters down previous UN resolutions concerning a political solution in Syria,” coalition head Khaled Khoja said on Twitter.

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