May 23 - International community gears up for peace talks on the Syrian conflict as Syria's opposition debates its participation. Lindsey Parietti reports.
The U.N.'s special envoy to Syria arrives at the Arab League in Cairo as the international community struggles to come together to end a civil war. Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said Tuesday that both the Syrian government and the opposition were preparing to take part in the internationally-sponsored conference over Syria's civil war. But during a meeting in Istanbul Thursday, the Syrian National Coalition was still deciding whether to participate. The coalition is also choosing a new president after Moaz Alkhatib resigned in March. Alkhatib, who had offered President Bashar al-Assad a negotiated exit, has been meeting with coalition leadership. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SYRIAN NATIONAL COALITION SPOKESPERSON KHALED SALEH SAYING: "… what matters to us most is to elect somebody who will be able to face the massacres Assad has committed on a daily basis." Russia and the U.S. are pushing to hold the peace conference by the end of the month amid increasing reports of atrocities committed on both sides of the conflict.