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Reversing course, Syrian opposition group to attend Rome conference

Reversing course, Syrian opposition group to attend Rome conference
Monday, February 25, 2013 - 5:02pm

(CNN) -- The Syrian National Coalition -- the principal opposition group battling the government of President Bashar al-Assad -- has changed its position and will attend an international meeting this week in Rome focused on the Syrian crisis, the coalition's leader Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib announced Monday on Facebook.

The conference will include representatives from more than 60 countries working to end violence in the Middle Eastern nation that has already claimed nearly 70,000 lives.

Earlier, the Syrian National Coalition had said it would not attend to protest the lack of effective action from the international community.

"Enough is enough. The whole world is not doing anything," Adib Shishakly, a coalition member, told CNN last week. "We are not going to any more conferences."

But Al-Khatib said in his Facebook post Monday that his group will now attend the conference after consultations with its members and others, as well as based on remarks by senior diplomats from the United States and the UK promising aid for Syrians and criticizing al-Assad's government.

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