Damascus: Syrian opposition members face their final day of talks in Istanbul having set out 'preconditions' on entering international peace talks scheduled for next month in Geneva.
The Syrian National Coalition, so far deeply divided on how to take the movement forward, will meet for a final day in Istanbul on Thursday.
On Wednesday, they laid out what are being called preconditions for attending a proposed international meeting on Syria, spearheaded by the US and Russia, and which aims to bring the Syrian government and opposition together for the first time.
They want, among other requirements, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to quit before they enter international peace talks.
"The participation of the Syrians in any conference is tied to the presentation of a deadline for a solution and giving the necessary binding international guarantees," said a statement released by the coalition.
"The Syrian Coalition welcomes the international efforts to find a political solution to what Syria has been suffering for two years while being committed to the principles of the revolution."
"The opposition wants to see guarantees by the international community - binding measures as they say in their own words - that Assad will not be part of any settlement agreement," said Al Jazeera's Rawya Rageh, reporting from Istanbul.