Syria's main opposition body, the High Negotiations Committee, said Friday that it would attend indirect peace talks with the Bashar Assad regime on March 14 in Geneva.
In a statement distributed to reporters, the HNC said it would participate in the negotiations as part of its "commitment to international efforts to stop the bloodshed and find a political solution."
"The international community should be clear and resolved on ending the tragedy in Syria. The Syrian people are still being exposed to bombardment, sieges, arbitrary arrests, and forced migration," the statement read.
The Geneva 1 Conference on Syria, held in June 2012, stressed the formation of a transitional government, maintaining a cease-fire, the release of prisoners, and delivering humanitarian aid to besieged areas.
Riad Hijab, who heads the committee, said in the statement that the group was not testing the regime's intentions but instead just wants to represent Syrians' justified cause in international circles.
"We want to use all opportunities to alleviate our people's tragedy. In this sense, we believe that the political, military, and humanitarian aspects of the Syrian revolution should be separated from each other, and the pain of the people should not be traded for political desires," Hijab said.
Stressing the slim chances of any agreement being reached with the Bashar al-Assad regime, Hijab said the regime has been violating the people's basic rights and continuing to carry out murders.
"It [the regime] wants to highlight Daesh's agenda by axing the political process and excluding opposition forces from diplomatic process," Hijab said.
A cessation-of-hostilities agreement entered into force on February 27, paving the way for talks to resume.
Since the truce went into effect, the Assad regime-which along with Russia backing, is also supported by Lebanon's Hezbollah group-has continued to carry out attacks, both from the air and on the ground.
Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011 when the al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.
Since then, more than 250,000 people have been killed and more than 10 million displaced, according to the UN.
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