Syrian opposition says will attend talks, downplays chances of agreement
Residents inspect damaged ground after a shell fell in the rebel held town of Jarjanaz, southern Idlib countryside, Syria March 5, 2016. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

BEIRUT: Syria’s opposition said on Friday it would attend peace talks that were set for March 14, but downplayed the chances of reaching agreement with the Syrian government.

A statement from the High Negotiations Committee said it would focus on the establishment of an interim governing body with full executive powers, and would insist on Syria’s territorial integrity.

It also said the Syrian government was preparing a military air and ground escalation in the “coming period”, without elaborating.

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