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Friends of Syria meet blocks peace conference

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The pro-opposition Friends of Syria meeting held in Amman has blocked the way for the international peace conference proposed by the United States and Russia, Syrian state news agency SANA said on Thursday.

"The participants, who have declared themselves spokesperson for the Syrian people, have blocked the way to the international conference (proposed by Moscow and Washington) by saying that they were going to boost support to the Syrian opposition," the agency said.

In a joint declaration, the 11 countries who took part in the Friends of Syria meeting in Amman on Wednesday said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had no role to play in the country's future and promised to bolster support for the opposition until the formation of a transitional government.

The official Syrian agency said that "the enemies of Syria clearly announced that they were confiscating the right of the Syrian people to choose the political future of their country and to put an end to the crisis through a political solution."

The United States and Russia, which back opposite sides in the Syrian conflict, earlier this month proposed a peace conference dubbed Geneva 2 to bring together rebels and representatives of Assad's regime.

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