Syria’s opposition to join peace talks

The Syrian opposition Higher Negotiation Committee (HNC) stressed Friday that it will partake in the upcoming Geneva talks on Syria slated for March 14.

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The approval was announced in a statement issued Friday, and carried by the Saudi-funded Al Arabyia TV, just days after the HNC gave conflicted stances regarding its participation in the second round of the Geneva talks.

The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura (5th L) holds a meeting with representatives of Britain, China, France, Russia and United States, the five permanent members of the Security Council of United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, Jan. 13, 2016. Staffan de Mistura, said on Wednesday that he and his team will continue working hard to issue the invitations in order to ensure maximum inclusivity with a view to start the intra-Syrian peace talks in Geneva on Jan. 25. (Xinhua/Xu Jinquan)
The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura (5th L) holds a meeting with representatives of Britain, China, France, Russia and United States, the five permanent members of the Security Council of United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, Jan. 13, 2016. Staffan de Mistura, said on Wednesday that he and his team will continue working hard to issue the invitations in order to ensure maximum inclusivity with a view to start the intra-Syrian peace talks in Geneva on Jan. 25.
(Xinhua/Xu Jinquan)
The previous round of talks ended last month with no tangible results, but intensified international efforts have managed to establish a cessation of hostilities in Syria that significantly facilitated access to humanitarian supplies.

The cessation of hostilities has been holding over the past 10 days with no notable violations, something that could be built on for the upcoming talks in Geneva.

The main thorny point in the negotiation is the HNC desire to establish a transitional body to rule the country, not a national unity government, as demanded by the Syrian leadership. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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