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Syria’s delegation arrives in Geneva
(29/1/2016, Manar al-Frieh/Manal) ~ The delegation of the Syrian Arab Republic arrived in Geneva on Friday to participate in the Syrian-Syrian talks under the auspices of the United Nations.
The delegation is scheduled to meet the UN special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura at 6:00 pm Damascus time.
The delegation which is headed by Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari includes: Syria’s representative at the UN in Geneva Hussameddin Ala, Syrian Adviser to Foreign and Expatriates Minister Ahmad Arnous, Ahmad Kizbari, Mohamed Khair al-Akkam, Amal Yazigi, Hasan al-Bahri, Omar Ossi, Amjad Issa, Ammar Ersan, Jamila Shurbaji, Rafah Breidi, Elias Shahin, Samir Breidi, Osama Ali and Rouaa Shurbaji.
Bogdanov meets a delegation of Syrian national opposition in Moscow
(29/1/2016, H.Said) ~ Russian President’s Special Representative for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov met a delegation of the Syrian national opposition in Moscow on Thursday.
The upcoming intra-Syrian talks due to be held in Geneva was the focal point of the meeting.
A statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry said Bogdanov and the opposition delegation exchanged views about Syria and the situation in the country, with focus placed primarily on the mission to reach a political solution to the crisis as soon as possible through launching the broadest possible Syrian-Syrian dialogue.
“On the eve of the talks in Geneva between the representatives of the government of the Syrian Arab Republic and the opposition, there was stress on the necessity to consider the interests of the various Syrian political forces in a long-term settlement in Syria,” the statement added.
Earlier on the day, the Russian diplomat affirmed the importance that Geneva talks involve the broadest participation of representatives of the political and social forces both from the government and the opposition, and from inside and outside the country.
The national opposition delegation said during their meeting with Bogdanov that they were dissatisfied with the list of the “Syrian opposition” delegation to Geneva talks.
They added that they were treated unfairly having been excluded from representation to the talks.
The delegation included Elian Masaad, Secretary of the National Conference Party/A Secular Syria/ and official spokesman for the Syrian National Work Committee, Barwin Ibrahim, leader of the Syrian Youth for Development Party, sheikh Nawaf al-Milhem, General Secretary of the People’s Party and representative of the Syrian tribes and Tareq al-Ahmad, member of the leadership of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party.
In a statement to SANA correspondent in Moscow, al-Milhem described the meeting with Bogdanov as “constructive”.
“We stress that those who were imposed by the outside don’t represent the vision of the Syrians or their aspirations to be the decision maker in determining Syria’s destiny,” said al-Milhem.
“We hope to see them in the local and parliamentary elections where they will know who has the largest representation inside Syria,” he added.
Barwin, for her part, said the visit was “to convoy a message of protest by those from inside Syria for not being fairly represented in the forthcoming Geneva conference.”
“The main representatives at the table must be of those inside Syria who stayed there and defended it,” she added, noting that a written message of protest was delivered to Bogdanov and the UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura.
Al-Jaafari: The Syrian government is serious about dialogue and finding a political solution for the crisis
(29/1/2016, Hazem Sabbagh) ~ The Syrian Arab Republic delegation for the Syrian-Syrian dialogue in Geneva, headed by Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari, held a meeting on Friday with UN Special Envoy on Syria Staffan De Mistura.
According to UN sources, al-Jaafari affirmed during the meeting that Syrians are committed to preserving Syria’s unity, independence, sovereignty, and the unity of its people, and that he pointed out that certain sides are sponsoring terrorist entities and refusing to classify them as international terrorist organizations.
The UN sources said that Al-Jaafari noted that there are sides which use the label “moderate opposition” to describe foreign terrorists, that these sides support terrorism and are running proxy wars on Syrian territories, and that UN Security Council resolutions listed ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra and all those affiliated to them as terrorist organizations, which means that Ahrar al-Cham movement is also a terrorist organization.
Al-Jaafari affirmed the seriousness of the Syrian government regarding dialogue and finding a political solution for the crisis, a solution that is defined by the Syrian people without any foreign interference, according to the UN sources.
The UN sources also said that during the meeting, de Mistura stressed the need for a political process led by Syrians, and that he is waiting the responses to the invitations he sent to some sides in the opposition.
De Mistura mentioned during the meeting that he will be working until Monday on what can be done, and that he intends to hold another meeting on Sunday to discuss other issues, the UN sources added.
Later, de Mistura told journalists that the best way to resolve the crisis in Syria is by coming to Geneva and beginning the political process, adding that there will be talks that will last for 3 or 4 days that may begin on Sunday, and that these talks’ goal is to move forward in dialogue among Syrians.
De Mistura pointed out that he suggested to the “opposition” to come to Geneva without preconditions, adding “we need to come to Geneva and discuss all issues, because we want to improve the situation of the Syrian people.”
He stated that the priority is for implementing UN Security Council resolution no. 2254, adding that he’s a mediator and isn’t biased to anyone, and that he isn’t a side nor does he lead dialogue, because the agenda for implementing the aforementioned resolution is clear, and when Syrians sit at the dialogue table, they will discuss that issue.
The Syrian Arab Republic delegation arrived earlier on Friday in Geneva to participate in the Syrian-Syrian dialogue held under the auspices of the United Nations. The delegations is headed by Bashar al-Jaafari and includes Syria’s representative at the UN in Geneva Hussameddin Ala, Adviser to Foreign and Expatriates Minister Ahmad Arnous, Ahmad Kizbari, Mohamed Khair al-Akkam, Amal Yazigi, Hasan al-Bahri, Omar Ossi, Amjad Issa, Ammar Ersan, Jamila Shurbaji, Rafah Breidi, Elias Shahin, Samir Breidi, Osama Ali, and Rouaa Shurbaji.
Earlier on Thursday, de Mistura said that the Syrian-Syrian dialogue in Geneva cannot fail, hoping that the dialogue will result in progress that leads security and stability to Syria.
(RT, 30/1/2016) ~ HNC (High Negotiations Committee) represents a coalition of 15 “moderate” opposition factions that were put together in Saudi Arabia last month. The group said earlier that it would not join the negotiations unless Bashar Assad’s government abandoned sieges of settlements, put a stop to air strikes, and released numerous captives.
Despite the positive statements of De Mistura, if these are the premises, we do not believe that these meetings will produce anything good, while the only fields on which it is possible to solve the Syrian crisis are the battlefields and the direct reconciliations amongst people on Syrian soil.
(SFP-WP chief editor)
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