UN envoy meets with Syrian opposition in Istanbul

UN envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura meets with Syrian National Coalition leader Khaled Khoja in Istanbul to discuss Syrian crisis as 94 civilians killed

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The United Nations envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, met on Thursday with the leader of the Syrian National Coalition Khaled Khoja to search for a political solution to the Syrian crisis, with the Syrian regime conducting air raids killing at least 94 civilians within two days.

According to a statement released by the UN’s office after the meeting, both sides agreed on the need for an urgent political solution in Syria.

"My visit today demonstrates, once again, that the purpose of these consultations was and remains to give the chance to all Syrians to share their views of what a future Syria should look like," de Mistura said, after hearing from Syrian opposition groups regarding the implementation of the Geneva Communique.

About 40 opposition groups including Syrian opposition armed groups, were invited to the talks in Geneva. At least 30 groups refused to attend the talks, de Mistura’s spokeswoman said.

The Syrian National Coalition earlier refused to attend the Geneva conference which was held on 12 May and will last for three weeks.

The Syrian regime on Thursday conducted 105 air raids all over the country, killing more than 94 civilians within 48 hours according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

The death toll is expected to rise according to the observatory as many people are in critical conditions.

More than 220,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict since it started in 2011, according to recent UN estimates. The actual number may be much higher with the death toll rising day by day.

The death toll is expected to rise according to the observatory with many people still in critical condition.

At least 105 air raids were conducted within 48 hours by regime warplanes on opposition-held cities and towns. The SOHR reported that at least 390 explosive-filled barrel bombs were dropped on Aleppo, Damascus, Idlib, Hama, Homs, Hasakah and Deir al Zor.

TRTWorld and agencies