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Syrian Opposition Mulling Transition Plan, Unity In Cairo

A video grab shows smoke billowing from a building in the Jouret Sheikh neighborhood of the restive central city of Homs on July 1.
Around 250 members of the Syrian opposition are meeting in Cairo for talks on a political transition plan backed by the United Nations, Russia, and the United States.

Representatives of France, Tunisia, and Turkey have also been invited to the two-day conference sponsored by the Arab League.

However, the Free Syrian Army, whose fighters are battling the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, has denounced the meeting, calling it a "conspiracy" that serves the policy goals of the Syrian regime's allies in Russia and Iran.

In a bid to halt the violence convulsing Syria, world powers meeting in Geneva on June 30 suggested the formation of a transitional unity government that could include members of both the Assad regime and the opposition.

Opposition figures have denounced the plan as a mockery.

Based on reporting by AP, AFP, and dpa