Syria to attend Geneva meeting

CNC report from Baghdad
Added On May 27, 2013

Syria has confirmed its planned attendance at a peace conference proposed by the United States and Russia.

Earlier this month, Washington and Moscow unveiled a plan to bring both Damascus and the opposition to the table to negotiate an end to the Syria's 26-month conflict.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem on Sunday said Syria "in principle" will attend the upcoming Geneva conference.

He made the remarks during a surprise visit to Iraqi capital of Baghdad.

Moallem said the conference is good opportunity for political solution for the people of Syria.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said he was backing the proposed meeting.

A date for the conference has not been set yet because of what Russia described as a lack of unity among Syria's opposition.

Officials in the main opposition Syrian National Coalition have signaled readiness to attend the conference.

The Syrian main opposition group has held talks since Thursday in Istanbul to discuss its stance in the upcoming Geneva meeting.