The rebels want to boycott the talks because Assad is continuing to massacre the people. So in others words the rebels will waste who knows how many more days and weeks till allowing Assad to keep up the massacres. Rather than meeting and getting an immediate stop on both sides. Now the deja vu. Abbas refuses to meet with the Israelis till they stop building settlements. But each and every day that they do not meet the Israelis are continuing to build anyway. So what is the use of refusing to get it stopped by not meeting as soon as possible. What this points out is the Arab mentality. My way or the highway.
Kerry raises South China Sea concerns with China's Wang (Reuters)
from the article: Assad: Syria will respond to any future Israeli strike