Syria opposition says al-Assad departure is key

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The Syrian opposition has placed the removal of President Bashar al-Assad as a precondition to wider talks on ending the Syrian crisis, dpa reported.

"We are in full support of Geneva 1," said Ahmed Jarba, president of the Syrian coalition of the opposition and lead opposition delegate.

"This document made clear that Assad must step down and delegate his powers. We cannot and will not discuss a political solution until this is addressed."

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