Syria’s opposition undecided on UN Envoy meeting

Syria’s main opposition group to make decision on attending meeting with UN Envoy Staffan de Mistura at Geneva peace talks

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Salim al-Muslat (R) spokesman for the High Negotiations Committee (HNC) and Riad Naasam Agha, member of HNC deliver a statement during the Geneva Peace talks outside the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, February 2, 2016.

Syria’s main opposition group will make a decision on whether it will attend a meeting with UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura on Tuesday at peace talks in Geneva, accusing Russia of endangering talks due to its bombing campaign in the country.

"It is clear from the current situation that the regime and its allies, in particular Russia, are determined to reject the UN's efforts to implement international law," Salim al-Muslat, spokesman for the opposition High Negotiation Committee (HNC) told reporters.

"The regime's and Russia's actions gravely threaten the political process at this early stage," he added, calling on countries to put pressure on Russia.

The head of the regime’s delegation said he was still waiting for De Mistura to provide a list of the opposition’s negotiating team.

The peace talks formally started on Monday, however Syria’s Bashar al Jaafari said the UN Envoy had realised that the conditions were not settled for indirect talks, with regime and opposition delegations in separate rooms.

“The circumstances on the formalities are not yet ready. We are in the preparatory stage before the official launch of indirect negotiations," Jaafari told reporters after a lengthy meeting with de Mistura.

De Mistura had promised to provide the opposition delegation list by Wednesday, a UN source said.

TRTWorld, Reuters