Syria talks in Geneva end with 12 common principles

Current round of Geneva peace talks on Syria ends with agreement on 12 points of commonality between Syrian regime and opposition

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Photo by: Reuters

UN mediator for Syria, Staffan de Mistura holds a document listing his points of commonalities during a news conference at the end of the Syria peace talks at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, March 24, 2016.

A document containing 12 common principles that both sides in the Syria crisis have reached during the peace talks in Geneva was published on Thursday.

These principles covered the rejection of terrorism, the rebuilding of the Syrian Army, a democratic non-sectarian state, zero tolerance of reprisals, the right of return for refugees, rejection of foreign interference in Syria and a political transition of power.

The United Nations special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, praised the two sides’ dedication in the dialogue.

"I was quite impressed by the fact that both sides behaved very seriously. You must've seen them when they came for the interview very professionally," said de Mistura.

De Mistura said reaching these principles is important for the real political transition talks coming next.

"For this stage, the discussions are meant to actually keep the momentum and at the same time prepare for the real talks about political transition," he said.

De Mistura also expressed hope that the US and Russia will continue to be actively involved in pushing forward the peace process.

The next round of talks is scheduled for April 9.

TRTWorld, Reuters