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Syrian Arab Republic’s delegation came to Geneva and meets U.N. envoy without preconditions, but Syria opposition (the buffoons of the so-called ‘High Negotiations Committee’ -HNC-, representatives not of Syrians but of the terrorist gangs) abandons and refuses to meet De Mistura: sign of weakness, lack of seriousness and responsibility by Riyadh and its puppets, which proves not to be interested in peace but to terrorism to the bitter end.


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Al-Jaafari: Syrian Arab Republic’s delegation came to Geneva without preconditions, will not accept any preconditions

Geneva (SANA/H. Said / Hazem Sabbagh) ~ Head of the Syrian Arab Republic’s delegation to the Syrian-Syrian dialogue in Geneva, Bashar al-Jaafari, said on Tuesday that the delegation came to Geneva without any preconditions, and it will not accept any preconditions from anyone.

Al-Jaafari told reporters in Geneva after a meeting between the delegation and the UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura that “our delegation is committed to the text of the invitation letter addressed by de Mistura and that of the resolution no. 2254, whereas the other party is dealing with this matter like amateurs and not professional politicians.”

He explained that as per resolution no. 2254, the dialogue held in Geneva is among Syrians and led by the Syrians themselves without preconditions and without foreign interference, stressing that this is a key phrase for understanding why the delegation came to Geneva.



“The selection of the oppositions’ delegations, according to resolution no. 2254, is a Syrian-Syrian affair, and isn’t imposed by Riyadh or anyone else,” he added, asserting that the Syrians will decide on their own who will hold dialogue with the Syrian Arab Republic’s delegation.

“We are still at the stage of preparations for the indirect talks, and we discussed with de Mistura the importance of this stage in figuring out with whom we will hold indirect dialogue. We don’t know until this moment who the other delegations that are supposed to represent the Syrian oppositions are,” al-Jaafari elaborated.



“We asked de Mistura to inform us of the names of those who are going to participate and to prepare the agenda of this dialogue or these indirect talks well,” he added, noting that the Syrian Arab Republic delegation discussed with the UN Special Envoy the important press statement issued by the UN Security Council on Monday which denounced the terrorist bombings in Sayyeda Zainab area in Damascus Countryside which claimed the lives of scores of Syrians.

“The Security Council and the Syrian government denounced the terrorist bombings, and it remains for us to hear the position of the other side regarding this terrorist massacre that took place the day before yesterday. If the other side actually cares about the lives of Syrians as it claims, we expect it to issue a statement denouncing this terrorist act,” al-Jaafari said.

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Responding to a question, al-Jaafari stressed that all issues, whether humanitarian issues or combating terrorism, are priorities for the Syrian government and there can be no favoring of one issue over another, and as soon as indirect dialogue begins officially, all issues will be tackled.

“So far, we’re still in the procedural, preparatory framework of the indirect talks, meaning that we’re waiting to know who are holding dialogue with, and so far nothing is clear. Will there be one delegation or two or three or four? There are no clear answers,” he explained.

Regarding the conflicting statements of the “Riyadh opposition” delegation, al-Jaafari said that they lack seriousness, and that some statements were made in Geneva by its representative saying that they will withdraw on Thursday unless their preconditions are met, and we also heard irresponsible confirmation of this from the Saudi foreign minister and from some of those who direct the other side.

Al-Jaafari pointed out that the Syrian Arab Republic delegation arrived in Geneva on time according to the schedule set by de Mistura, and that the delegation showed discipline and didn’t speak to the media before the procedural terms were clarified so as to remain accurate and avoid any misleading of the public opinion.



He also made it clear that the delegation raised the issue of the participation of the two terrorist organizations of “Ahrar al-Cham” and “Jaish al-Islam” in the talks with de Mistura, and that the latter promised to discuss the issue with the other sides.

Regarding de Mistura’s statement on Monday that the talks have started officially, al-Jaafari said that this is de Mistura’s interpretation of the conditions of the official launch of the negotiations, stating that the current stage is a preparatory stage because official talks require the attendance of all sides to be involved in the negotiations, something which is yet to take place.

A meeting between the delegation of the Syrian Arab Republic and UN Special Envoy for Syria was held earlier today at the UN headquarters in Geneva.

In the same context, UN sources and other sources close to the delegation of the Syrian Arab Republic indicated that the delegation presented through de Mistura a three-point demand, including that the Riyadh opposition issue a clear statement of condemnation of the terrorist bombings that took place in al-Sayyeda Zainab on Sunday and all acts of ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra and the terrorist organizations linked to them wherever they happen.

The second point was to determine lists of the names of the opposition figures to hold the indirect dialogue with, and the third point was about the role of the other opposition groups present in Geneva, according to the sources, who noted that the delegation is awaiting the answer to the three-point demand.

The sources said de Mistura promised to present the lists of opposition figures to the Syrian Arab Republic’s delegation tomorrow, and that de Mistura stated that the current stage is a preliminary stage of the indirect dialogue, and once another delegation sits down with the mediator at the UN HQ, then only at that moment one can speak of an official start of the dialogue, and not now where there are only intermittent meetings.


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Syria opposition calls off meeting with UN envoy

(PressTV) ~ The main Syria opposition coalition, the so-called High Negotiations Committee (HNC), says it will not attend a planned meeting with the United Nations special envoy for Syria.

“There is no meeting with (Staffan) de Mistura,” planned for Tuesday afternoon, HNC member Farah Atassi told reporters outside of the UN headquarters in the Swiss city of Geneva, where the Syria peace talks are going on.

“We presented the demands that we wanted to demand. At this moment, there is no reason to repeat ourselves with de Mistura,” she added.



The gathering was to be the opposition delegation’s second meeting with the Swedish-Italian diplomat as part of the UN-brokered peace Geneva negotiations aimed at finding a political solution to the conflict in Syria.

United Nations spokeswoman Khawla Mattar also confirmed that there would be “no other meetings today” in Geneva with de Mistura.



Earlier in the day, the UN envoy held talks with the Damascus government delegation. The meeting came one day after de Mistura announced the beginning of peace talks proper in the Swiss city of Geneva.

Following the event, however, Syria’s ambassador to the UN, Bashar al-Jaafari, who has represented the Syrian government in the peace talks, said the negotiations are still in a preliminary phase and called the opposition “not serious”.

Syria’s ambassador to the UN, Bashar al-Jaafari, who has represented the Syrian government in the peace talks, holds a news conference at the UN Offices in Geneva, Switzerland, February 2, 2016. ©Reuters

The ongoing Syria talks are to be held in an 18-month timetable under a resolution unanimously approved by the UN Security Council.

Adopted on December 18, 2015, the resolution calls for a nationwide ceasefire in Syria and the formation of a “credible, inclusive and non-sectarian” government within six months as well as UN-supervised “free and fair elections” within 18 months.

Some 17 nations – including the United States, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran – held several rounds of talks last year in the broadest international push to end the crisis in Syria.

The foreign-sponsored Syrian conflict, which began in March 2011, has reportedly claimed the lives of more than 260,000 people, and displaced almost eight million others.


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Al-Jaafari: Riyadh opposition delegation’s delayed attendance at Geneva sign of lack of seriousness and responsibility

(Geneva, SANA) ~ Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari, head of the delegation of the Syrian Arab Republic to the Syrian-Syrian talks in Geneva, said on Sunday that the Riyadh opposition delegation’s delayed attendance at Geneva, and the fact that the names of its members are unknown, are a sign of its lack of seriousness and responsibility.

In a statement to the press in Geneva, al-Jaafari said that any political solution for the crisis in Syria can’t be achieved without the presence of a serious party to the dialogue process, stressing that the interest of the Syrian people is the compass for the Syrian Arab Republic delegation in Geneva and must be the compass for dialogue.

Al-Jaafari condemned the terrorist bombings that targeted Sayyeda Zainab area in Damascus Countryside earlier on Sunday and claimed the lives of 45 civilians, noting that a terrorist from the so-called “southern front” said they will back the Riyadh delegation with military operations on the ground, which proves what the Syrian government had often stated about the link between the terrorists and their sponsors and operators on one side and some groups that claim to be against terrorism and label themselves as political groups on the other side.

He voiced regret that these bombings mark the beginning of Geneva 3 on which the Syrian government and people are counting to end bloodshed and violence and move forward in a political process that fulfils the aspirations of the Syrian people in preserving Syria’s territory, people, sovereignty, and independence.

Al-Jaafari said that the Syrian Arab Republic delegation came to Geneva in answer to the invitation of UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura to participate in indirect Syrian-Syrian dialogue with the goal of launching an inclusive political process as per international resolution no. 2254 without any preconditions or foreign interference, noting that the text of resolution no. 2254 and that of the invitation addressed to the Syrian government have not been respected, referring to the fact that the invitation stated that the dialogue will begin on January 25th, which didn’t happen because the opposition groups’ delegations delayed their arrival, which shows their lack of seriousness and responsibility at a time when Syrians are burdened with terrorist threats and inflammatory statements.

He noted that the many political statements made by the head of the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the foreign ministers of Britain, France, German, and Italy gives the impression that talks are being held with these states, not with other Syrians, which shows how fragile the position of the other sides are.

“The Syrian Arab Republic delegation believes that any political solution for the crisis in Syria can’t be achieved without the presence of a serious party to the dialogue process that is committed to serious work to realize the interest of the Syrian people alone, and not the interest of regional, Arab, and international capitals,” al-Jaafari said, stressing that the interest of the Syrian people must be the compass for dialogue in Geneva.

“We want to implement what was previously agreed on. We don’t want to start from scratch as that would be a waste of time at the expense of the Syrian people’s pains,” he added, affirming that the Syrian Arab Republic delegation’s primary concern is preserving the higher interest of the Syrian people, and not getting involved in details, trivialities, and absurdities that don’t merit commenting on.

Al-Jaafari said that during the meeting with de Mistura on Friday, the delegation outlined what the Syrian government has done to ease the suffering of the Syrian people despite the unilateral compulsory economic steps that are erroneously called “sanctions” which are imposed by Arab, regional, and international sides, steps that lead to more suffering for Syrians.

“Many who were labeled refugees left the country not because the Syrian government is persecuting them, as some are trying to promote, but rather because they want to lead good lives and seek job opportunities and economic conditions that provide them and their families with decent living. Youths are immigrating and becoming expatriates because of these sanctions and compulsory steps that are imposed on the Syrian people and their economy,” he explained.

Al-Jaafari went on to say that the delegation raised this point with de Mistura and asked him to intervene with the states that impose those steps that violate the UN Charter because they were taken outside the Security Council and the UN General Assembly adopts resolutions each year on the illegal nature of these steps, adding that this isn’t based only on Syria’s viewpoint, but rather on a “legal arsenal” adopted by the UN General Assembly each year that asserts these steps are illegal.

He also said that the delegation stressed to the UN Special Envoy readiness to work for finding a solution to end the crisis as long as there are parties with a serious will to work to that effect by holding dialogue among Syrians, and not by waiting for guarantees and promises from states that are escalating and maintaining the crisis.

Al-Jaafari pointed out that throughout the past five years, the Syrian state did all it could to serve its people, from the humanitarian issue and fighting terrorism to making political initiatives and partaking in any proposition that seeks to end the crisis, adding “the government has proved its good intentions and positive attitude in each time, but the problem has always been with the other party.”

He said that if the other party is serious and keen to stop violence and bloodshed, it should come to Geneva with a national agenda in line with the resolution no. 2254 and the two Vienna statements, which means becoming involved in Syrian-led inter-Syrian dialogue away from preconditions and any foreign interference.

“Up until this moment, we don’t know and nobody knows who the other side is, not even de Mistura and his team. We are using the term ‘oppositions’ instead of ‘opposition’ because we will find before us several delegation, therefore the image isn’t clear in a final manner,” the head of the delegation said.

Al-Jaafari said that certain regional, Arab, and international sides are trying to take things back to square one through insisting on imposing a delegation from the so-called “coalition” which is the same thing that led to a dead end in Geneva 2.

He said the failure to reach a list of the terrorist organizations and opposition groups is a key gap that is yet to be bridged, and that this failure is due to the fact that this task has been entrusted to Saudi Arabia and Jordan, two countries that are not neutral and that sponsor terrorism and are incapable of being objective, stressing that the first priority must be fighting terrorism, and this shouldn’t be circumvented by giving terrorism new names, adding that terrorism is the cause of a large part of the humanitarian issues in Syria, so humanitarian issues cannot be dealt with without dealing with terrorism.

“We will not hold dialogue with terrorists or deal with them, and this is why de Mistura insisted on indirect talks, because we don’t know the names of the opposing delegations,” al-Jaafari said, adding that this is also Russia’s position, explaining that there won’t be negotiations but rather indirect talks in the form of Syrian-Syrian dialogue without preconditions or foreign interference, asserting that those who propose preconditions are violating resolution no. 2254 and the Vienna statements.

“As a government delegation, we have no preconditions to propose to anyone, and we don’t have taboos. We are here to hold dialogue over any issue raised via de Mistura. Meanwhile, those who talk about preconditions are amateurs in politics and it means that they are coming to the Geneva meeting to undermine it, and that they aren’t keen on the success of the Syrian-Syrian dialogue. It is also a sign of a fragile mentality, a lack of political experience, and lack of understanding of the resolution no. 2254 and the Vienna statements,” he said.

Al-Jaafari said the Syrian Arab Republic delegation has comprehensive knowledge of the pressing humanitarian issues which will be part of the dialogue, adding “we’re not bargaining over the fate of Syrians, and when we talk about the humanitarian issue, we don’t base our judgment on the bartering principle as the other side does. All the abductees and missing people and those whose families are inquiring about are an issue for all Syrians.”

“If the other side controls land in Syria, then they should tell us where are the abductees from Lattakia countryside, Adra al-Umaliya, Deir Ezzor, and other areas,” he added.

In response to a question on what is being called a transitional governing body, al-Jaafari said that the resolution no. 2254 doesn’t mention such a body or an expanded national government; rather it talks of credible rule, something which is subject to Syrian-Syrian dialogue.

He asserted that the Syrian government will continue to enforce the rule of law and confront terrorists, and it won’t wait for others to do that because this is the duty of the government, adding that the compliance of terrorism-sponsoring states – mainly Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Israel – with international resolutions on counter-terrorism is essential for the progress of the political solution.

“How can a terrorist from Australia or Chechnya or any other country become moderate opposition?” Al-Jaafari wondered, adding that the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has arrested several officers, security personnel, prosecutors, and two journalists and accused them of treason for exposing the matter of the trucks carrying weapons which he sent to terrorists in Syria whom Erdogan labels “moderate opposition.”


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(PressTV) ~ The United Nations special envoy for Syria has held negotiations with the Damascus government delegation as part of the UN-brokered talks aimed at finding a political solution to the conflict in the Arab country.

Staffan de Mistura’s Tuesday meeting with the Syrian government representatives came one day after he announced the beginning of peace talks proper in the Swiss city of Geneva.

The main Syria opposition coalition, the so-called High Negotiations Committee (HNC), is also expected to meet de Mistura later in the day.

Damascus has objected to the presence of terrorist groups in the HNC backed by the United States and Saudi Arabia.

The ongoing Syria talks are to be held in an 18-month timetable under a resolution unanimously approved by the UN Security Council.

Adopted on December 18, 2015, the resolution calls for a nationwide ceasefire in Syria and the formation of a “credible, inclusive and non-sectarian” government within six months as well as UN-supervised “free and fair elections” within 18 months.

Some 17 nations – including the United States, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran – held several rounds of talks last year in the broadest international push to end the crisis in Syria.



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