Syria coalition meets UN Security Council

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad. Photo/FILE

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  • Western nations are pressing the opposition delegation to be more open to political talks on settling the war, which the UN says has left more than 100,000 dead.

UNITED NATIONS

Leaders of the Syrian National Coalition on Friday held informal talks with the UN Security Council about their political and military objectives.

A delegation led by new coalition president Ahmad Jarba met ambassadors from the 15-nation council, including envoys from Russia, the main backer of President Bashar al-Assad, and from the United States, Britain and France, which are considering arming the rebels.

Western nations are pressing the opposition delegation to be more open to political talks on settling the war, which the UN says has left more than 100,000 dead.

"The council's message is simple, there is no military solution," said France's UN ambassador Gerard Araud as he went into the meeting.

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