Syrian authorities cancelled, just hours before it was set to take place, a conference Tuesday in Damascus by groups representing the "Iraqi resistance."
No reason was given for the cancelling of the event.
Some 500 delegates - including former officers from Saddam's army, the Council of the Muslim Ulama, the banned former ruling Baath Party, Communists as well as several tribal chiefs - were expected to attend the gathering.
The aim of the conference was to bring together the different, mostly Sunni Muslim groups under a single political programme with delegates issuing a final joint declaration.
Syria is the home of many political exiles who fled Iraq when Saddam was toppled in 2003 following the US-led invasion.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Temmuz 2007, 10:20