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Erdogan: "Geneva II" conference on Syria must work on removing Bashar al Assad

BEIRUT |, with agencies - January 07, 2014, 11h08
Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said that the “Geneva 2” UN conference must work on opening an new era without Bashar al Assad in Syria.
While in Tokyo, Turkey's Prime Minister said that the Syrian President must be removed from power because of his "culpability for tens of thousands of deaths". His remarks were reported by the AFP agency.

The UN conference must take place this month in Switzerland.

The Syrian conflict is estimated to have claimed more than 130,000 lives, and has forced millions more to flee their homes. "A person who has allowed that to happen still remaining at the top of the country cannot be accepted," Erdogan said, according to the French press agency.

U.N. leader Ban Ki-moon has started sending out invitations to the conference. Iran, Bashar al Assad’s ally is not on the first list, according to UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq.

30 countries are invited to the Geneva talks, among which: Saudi Arabia, a major backer of the Syrian opposition, as well as the five UN Security Council permanent members -- and Syria’s neighbours Turkey, Iraq and Jordan.

The Coalition, which re-elected Ahmed Jarba as its leader on Sunday, will discuss Tuesday whether to attend the talks. The Syrian National Council, a key member of the Coalition has said it would not participate.
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