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John Kerry: Syria Talks A 'Test Of Credibility' For Parties

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US Secretary of State John Kerry walks across the tarmac to his vehicle upon his arrival at the Le Bourget airport to attend a two-day meeting on Syria, on January 12, 2014. Kerry and other top national envoys aiming to bring Syria's main opposition group to attend face-to-face peace talks with the Syrian government. AFP PHOTO POOL / PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS (Photo credit should read PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS/AFP/Getty Images) | PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS via Getty Images

PARIS (AP) — The head of Syria's main Western-backed opposition group says its international supporters agree that Bashar Assad has no future as the country's leader.

Ahmed al-Jarba's statement Sunday came as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and top envoys from 10 other countries raised the pressure for peace talks that would bring his Syrian National Coalition face-to-face with the government the rebels are trying to overthrow.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said those Geneva talks are the only hope of a way out of the fighting that activists say has killed more than 130,000 people.

The two-day series of meetings began Sunday in Paris as the Syrian coalition-in-exile verges on collapse, weakened by indecision, the perception that it is out of touch, and disagreement over whether to negotiate with Assad's representatives.

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