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      Syria Peace Talks Scheduled for November 23 and 24

      An international peace conference in Geneva will be held between November 23-24, but will the regime have anyone to talk to?
      By Elad Benari
      First Publish: 10/18/2013, 6:42 AM

      Rebels clash with Syrian government forces
      Rebels clash with Syrian government forces
      AFP photo

      Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil said on Thursday that Geneva II, an international conference aimed at seeking an end to the country’s civil war, is scheduled to be held between November 23-24, reported Reuters.

      Jamil announced the dates at a news conference in Moscow when asked whether the discussions would be pushed back from mid-November to late November or December.

      Russia and the United States have been trying to organize the conference since May.

      The question remains, however, whether the Syrian regime will have anyone to speak to at these talks.

      The cracks among the rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad have deepened. Several days ago, a key group within the opposition Syrian National Coalition said it would not attend proposed peace talks in Geneva and would quit the Coalition if it participated.

      The president of the Syrian National Council, the biggest member of the opposition Coalition, said that it was impossible to carry out negotiations given the suffering of people on the ground.

      To make matters worse, on Wednesday 70 groups of rebels in southern Syria said that the National Coalition had “failed” and announced they no longer recognize the Western-backed group.

      These cracks within the rebel groups have escalated into full-blown fighting as the more moderate rebel groups are being attacked by jihadist rebel groups.

      In addition, there have also been numerous clashes between Arab rebel groups and Kurdish militias in the north of the country.