Syrian activist group urges for change in Syrian peace talks

Activists invited to participate in Syrian peace talks urge for significant change over negotiation

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Qadri Jamil, member of the Moscow-Cairo Group, attends a news conference after a meeting during Syria peace talks at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, March 16, 2016.

A group of Syrian political activists presented a submission to the media on Wednesday after meeting UN mediator Staffan de Mistura as they were invited to take part in the Geneva peace negotiations.

De Mistura has announced that he wants to meet all sides in the conflict during the Geneva peace talk.

The political activist group will be represented by activists belonging to the “Moscow-Astana,” and eight belonging to the “Cairo platform.”

"We all have different backgrounds and different political positions, we don't fully agree on everything," said Jihad Makdissi, a representative of the Cairo platform.

The Moscow-Astana member Qadri Jamil said it accept to be merged into a single delegation with the main opposition, the Saudi-backed High Negotiation Committee (HNC), and it wanted to hold direct talks with the regime.

The submitted paper emphasised on UN draft resolutions governing the Syrian peace talks and framework agreed in Vienna and in Geneva and urged for “democratic, radical, deep and comprehensive change.”

De Mistura earlier said that he wants the Geneva talks to focus on Syria’s political transition, emphasising on the most divisive issue between the HNC and the Syrian regime.

A UN resolution monitoring the peace process says Syria should be free, fair, UN supervised elections within 18 months.

The Geneva peace talks are part of a diplomatic push launched with US and Russian support to end more five years of war in Syria that has killed more than 370,000 people and displaced 11 million Syrians.

TRTWorld, Reuters