UN envoy backs Syrian opposition’s call for talks

Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby, right, meets with U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi at the Arab League headquarters, in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. Brahimi, and Elaraby threw their weight behind the call for a dialogue to resolve the Syrian conflict made by Moaz al-Khatib, president of the opposition coalition. The rise of Islamic fundamentalists among the rebels makes many among Syria's minorities — including Alawites, Shiites, Christians, Armenians and others — fear that a rebel victory could leave them with no place in Syria. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A Syrian opposition leader's call for dialogue is a test for the intentions of President Bashar Assad, the international envoy to Syria said Sunday, as fighting raged between rebels and government forces in at least three Syrian provinces.