Syria’s main Opposition group in exile says there can be no role for President Bashar Assad in any future transitional government.

In a statement, the Western-backed Syrian National Coalition also urges the international community to “prove its seriousness” ahead of a planned peace conference by securing humanitarian corridors so that aid can reach besieged areas of the country.

Tuesday’s statement follows a United Nations announcement that the warring sides in Syria would attend a conference in Geneva on January 22, the first face-to-face talks to end the Syrian civil war.

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