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"Right now, I just don’t see what leverage the international community has to convince the Assad regime to hand over power," said Amr al-Azm, a professor at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio, and a member of the Syrian opposition. "What is missing in all of this is some vision, some framework, some idea of what this transitional government is going to look like and how it is going to operate."
In an effort to bridge the gap between the coalition and the rebels, a group of representatives from countries that support the opposition held a separate meeting Saturday in the Turkish capital, Ankara, with leaders of prominent rebel brigades to try to solicit their support for the talks. A coalition spokesman said three rebel groups had agreed to support the peace conference.
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