Turkey’s main opposition party to hold Syria conference in İstanbul

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Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) will hold an international Syria conference on Saturday in İstanbul, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

“The conference aims to contribute to establishing lasting peace in Syria,” CHP Deputy Chairman Veli Ağbaba told a news conference in İstanbul on Wednesday.

The conference will address topics including the international dimension of the Syrian issue, the problems faced by Syrian refugees, social life and integration, the strategic role of regional actors and the role of local administrations.

According to the Turkish media, the CHP has invited representatives from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government.

Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.

Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million displaced, according to UN officials.

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