Saudi-backed Syrian opposition sends demands to UN

Ahead of peace talks in Geneva Saudi-backed Syrian opposition bloc sends letter to United Nations secretary general demanding stop to bombardments targeting civilians

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

HNC coordinator Riad Hijab

Saudi-backed Syrian opposition has reiterated demands for a halt to bombardments of civilian areas and the lifting of blockades on besieged towns and villages before the start of peace talks in a letter to the UN secretary general.

The letter from the High Negotiations Committee to Ban Ki moon was sent after a meeting on Tuesday during which it discussed an invitation to join peace talks which UN envoy Staffan de Mistura aims to convene on Friday.

An opposition official confirmed the authenticity of a copy of the letter published by a pro-Syrian opposition website.

The letter from HNC coordinator Riad Hijab also demanded the release of prisoners, particularly women and children. The steps are mentioned in an UN Security Council resolution passed last month endorsing the Syrian peace process.

For negotiations to succeed, the letter said the Security Council should do everything required to put a stop to anything that obstructs "the implementation of UN Security Council resolution 2254."