Syria opposition accuses regime of wasting time in Geneva

Syrian opposition says Assad regime has been wasting time at peace talks in Geneva by rejecting to talk on future of Assad

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Salim al Muslat, spokesman for the High Negotiations Committee (HNC), gestures before a meeting with UN mediator for Syria Staffan de Mistura during Syria peace talks at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, March 15, 2016.

The Syrian opposition said on Monday the Assad regime’s delegation at peace talks in Geneva has been wasting time by refusing to talk about the future of Bashar al Assad.

"It is not possible to wait like this, while the regime delegation wastes time without achieving anything," said Salim al Muslat, spokesman for the opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC).

"We want to see a result as soon as possible and we hope that there will be efforts and pressures to mobilise this process," Muslat told al Arabiya al Hadath news channel.

The Syrian regime’s delegation said the future of Assad was not part of the negotiations in Geneva.

Bashar Ja'afari, the head of the regime's delegation, announced, "The (terms of) reference of our talks do not give any indication whatsoever with regard to the issue of the President of the Syrian Arab Republic. This is something already excluded."

UN Syria envoy says political transition must be on table

The UN Syria special envoy, Staffan de Mistura, stated he was concerned about the Syria talks, if a political transition was not discussed.

After a meeting with Bashar Ja'afari, he told reporters that Ja'afari said to him it was early to talk over political transition.

"He said it was premature at the moment to talk about it. Premature means imminent as far as we (UN) is concerned," de Mistura said.

"Everyone more or less agrees, the cessation of hostilities is still holding and frankly largely. The same ... more or less for the movement on humanitarian aid. But neither of them can be sustained if we don't get progress on the political transition." 

TRTWorld and agencies