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Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Head of Syria’s official delegation to Geneva 2 conference  Walid al-Moallem said that talks with the coaltion delegation so-called “opposition” for this week in Geneva didn’t lead to tangible outcomes.

Al-Moallem said, at a press conference in Geneva that was for two reasons the non-seriousness  and non-ripeness of the other side and its threat of blowing up the meetings many times and stubbornness on one issue as if we come here for one hour to hand them over everything and return and this indicates the illusions they live.

he added that the second reason was  the US flagrant interference in the talks and the tense atmosphere through which the US wanted to cover Geneva meeting by its actual appearance and its flagrant intervention in the meeting affairs were also reasons that made the talks don’t lead to tangible outcomes.

Al-Moallem added that the official delegation came to Geneva open to everything and agreed on discussing anything, but the other side seems  didn’t read Geneva 1 communique and  has been programmed for one item. 

He said that those who took the decision in the US to arm “the moderate opposition” are sitting in the Moon, and they know that there is no moderate opposition, but terrorist organizations which destroy infrastructure in Syria and  kill innocents, and if the US considers those as moderate, so our congratulations to it.   

Al-Moallem  affirmed that the official delegation worked to find a ground to which all Syrians and residents of the world don’t disagree, this ground was based on combating terrorism, but, unfortunately they rejected it, and here comes the question; are they Syrians or can they be partners in building Syria’s future.

He rejected the double standard policy of the US which support Iraq in its war against the so-called the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham/, while it supports this organization and arm it in addition to / Jabhat al-Nusra / to kill the Syrians wondering that this is not understandable.

Al-Moallem said that he told Brahimi that the latter should ask the US Secretary of State John Kerry to affirm his commitment to the political solution, not the military one, and to his  efforts to create suitable atmospheres to have the dialogue succeed in Geneva.

He affirmed that it is difficult to determine Syria’s future with a little movement calling itself / opposition /, referring to the national opposition in Syria that should be invited to have the dialogue more comprehensive, hoping dialogue be among a broader spectrum of the Syrian people.

Al-Moallem said that the Syrian government will seek to move the dialogue to Syria because constructive dialogue is conducted under the umbrella of the Homeland. 

Al-Moallem noted that all accusations against Syria were not weird as the misleading media outlets are known for their role in the bloodshed in Syria. He responded to these accusations by saying “Would you like us to defend our people through sending short messages to those killers”.

Al-Moallem stressed that the official delegation to Geneva came with the burdens and demands of the Syrian people, including combating terrorism, but the other side was completely isolated from what is going on in Syria.

“The statement on combating terrorism is included in Geneva Communique and who reads it finds a text in which every paragraph of it stresses the necessity of prevailing stability and calm to pave the ground for a political solution; unfortunately, neither the US  nor the supporters of those created positive atmosphere that helps making progress in dialogue,” al-Moallem added.

He pointed out that he met Brahimi before the beginning of dialogue and he told him that it is difficult to decide the future of Syria with a group that represents a small movement and calls itself “opposition” as there is also a national opposition in the homeland that was not invited.

Al-Moallem explained that for the dialogue to be more comprehensive, a wider group of opposition and civil society organizations should be invited to it so that it becomes constructive and everyone feels that they are participating shaping the future.    

Al-Moallem said that Brahimi responded to this by saying that it is the responsibility of the two countries which organized  the initiative, adding that “I answered that it is also the responsibility of the UN Secretary-General.”

He said that most of the opposition wondered why it was not invited, adding that the Syrian official delegation still hopes and insists on dialogue with the broader spectrum of the Syrian people because when this spectrum attends then the constructive dialogue can be moved into Syria.

He added that the Syrian official delegation represents the interests of the Syrian people, adding that if the delegation finds that returning to Geneva is the demand of the Syrian people, then the delegation will return, adding that when a decision is made in this regard, Brahimi will be told.

Al-Moallem added that the Syrian official delegation is returning to Syria to inform the Syrians of what has happened in Geneva, hailing the awareness of the Syrian people who stressed its support to the Syrian official delegation.

He highlighted that the Syrian official delegation expressed readiness to discuss all of Geneva1 communique, adding that the aforementioned communique did not tackle the presidency post and no one can speak on behalf of the Syrians on this issue as Syria’s future is determined only by the Syrians.

Al-Moallem said that “We will report to President Bashar al-Assad on what happened in Geneva. His Excellency will discuss with us and the cabinet and we will reach a consensus on that.”

Answering a question on the dispute  with the other side on the interpretation of the Geneva communique, al-Moallem said that Geneva1 communique was set in the absence of the Syrian people, adding that there are  still differences on interpreting  some points between the USA and Russia.

On the issue of the transitional body in the coming stage and whether there is Russian pressures on Syria in this regards, Al-Moallem said that the transitional government is in the heart of the Geneva communique but it is in the 8th , not the first, article of this communique, adding that “We have never said that we will not discuss this article. We are a country with constitution, leadership, government and institutions and we are ready to discuss this article but first we must know the identity of the other side and whether it is Syrian or not”.  


SANA – 31 January 2014

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