Syrian dissident Haytham Manna says he will not attend Geneva talks

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 11, 2016 9:50 AM

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Prominent Syrian dissident Haytham Manna said on Friday he would not attend peace talks that are to start next week in Geneva, saying he had been invited but saw little chance for their success.

"Nothing has changed ... it's not serious," Manna, who is not part of the main Saudi-backed opposition, told Reuters. "I don't like failure... I don't want to participate in a failing project."

Manna is co-leader of the Syrian Democratic Council. He boycotted the last round of talks saying he would not take part unless two Kurdish leaders were also invited. The Kurdish PYD party is part of the Syrian Democratic Council.

(Reporting by John Davison; Editing by Louise Ireland)