10/18/2013, 00.00
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Damascus announces November conference to stop the war

The news given by the Deputy Prime Minister , Qadri Jamil . But the Syrian National Council , the main opposition group has already stated that it will not go to Geneva. One of the military intelligence leaders killed.

Damascus ( AsiaNews / Agencies) - The new conference to find a way out of the war in Syria will be held on 23 and 24 November in Geneva. This was announced yesterday evening by the Deputy Prime Minister of Damascus, Qadri Jamil .

The announcement was made by Jamil during a press conference in Moscow, answering a question about a possible date of the conference that the United States and Russia have been trying to organize since last May.

Impossible at present to assess the extent of the announcement, given the existing divisions in the opposition , also highlighted by what was said at the beginning of this week , the main opposition group within the Syrian National Coalition ( SNC ) , which will not participate Geneva II.

"The Syrian National Council , which is the largest block of the Coalition , has made a firm decision ... not to go to Geneva , under the current circumstances ," said the group's president , George Sabra .

Sabra said the SNC will not negotiate before the fall of the regime , adding, "This means that we will not remain in the coalition if it decides to go " in Geneva.

Meanwhile, progress has been announced with regard to the search and destruction of chemical weapons. A spokesman for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW ) said that more than 20 sites were inspected.

" Some ," he pointed out are inaccessible for the 60 inspectors , for security reasons , which remains one of the concerns of the group.

Finally, in terms of the conflict relief on the news last night on Syrian television of the killing of a prominent figure in military intelligence , General Jamaa Jamaa by men armed.

Jamaa was the head of military intelligence in the eastern province of Deir el- Zour and was considered one of the top officers of the army.



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