Syrian opposition says Kerry applies pressure over peace talks

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Posted: Jan 24, 2016 12:00 PM

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The lead negotiator in the Syrian opposition said on Sunday it was coming under pressure from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to attend peace talks in Geneva this week in order to negotiate over its demands.

The opposition has said it will only attend the talks on condition of a halt to government bombardments, the lifting of blockades and a release of detainees.

Negotiator Mohamad Alloush said there would be "a big response" to the U.S. pressure, without giving further details. Asked if the peace talks would go ahead this week, he said "we leave this to the coming hours".

(Reporting by Tom Perry; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)