Friends of Syria meeting opens in London
Finding answers to end Syria's civil war were what 11 countries were trying to do at Tuesday London meeting.
The Syrian Opposition says it will not attend next month's Geneva 2 conference if Assad's removal from power is not a stated goal of the meeting.
"If the aim was to remove the criminal from power and the war criminals are tried, then we welcome Geneva 2. This is our stance."
However, obstacles were made clear as Assad has indicated that he would not step down from power to the opposition's demand and even plans to run for re-election next year.
Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague urged Syria's opposition group to participate in the Switzerland talks to end the war.
Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said both sides in Syria will continue to fight without a negotiated settlement.
"This war will not come to an end on the battlefield, I believe, and I think most people believe, it will come to an end through a negotiated settlement."
Efforts to create a united front against Syria suffered another setback Tuesday when Saudi Arabia said it would no longer cooperate with the U.S. over the conflict.
Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief said the kingdom would make a major shift in relations with the U.S. in protest over its perceived inaction on Syria and its overtures in Iran.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News.
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