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Syrian rebels won’t commit to peace conference

Seek to consult allies first; terms of talks unclear

BEIRUT — Syria’s main opposition bloc said Monday it wants to consult its allies before confirming that it will join a US-Russian meeting on a peaceful transition in the country.

The United States and Russia called last week for an international conference to start talks that would be accompanied by a cease-fire. The two nations are on opposite sides of the Syria conflict, and this marks their first serious joint attempt at Syria diplomacy in a year.

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