Syria opposition has a condition for third round at Geneva

Syria opposition says it will not attend third round of talks if government continues to refuse to talk about transitional governing body

Syria opposition has a condition for third round at Geneva

World Bulletin/News Desk

Syria's opposition will not join a third round of peace talks in Geneva unless the Syria regime agrees to discuss a transitional governing body (TGB), their spokesperson Louay Safi said on Saturday.

"Our heart is in pain as we speak here. The regime has chosen to bombard the towns and cities," Safi said at a press conference following the end of the second round of talks at the UN Office in Geneva.

"We come here to negotiate the transition. The regime did not want to talk about TGB even one day as Brahimi proposed in the program of third round of talks," he said.

Safi said if the Syrian regime continue to refuse to talk about the transitional governing body, they would not come to the third round of Syria talks in Geneva.

"There is nothing positive at the second round of talks," Safi highlighted.

UN and Arab League Special Envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, said in an earlier press conference that no date has been set for the third round of peace talks because both sides could not agree on the agenda. 

"As you are aware, the government side considers that the most important issue is the issue of terrorism; the opposition side considers that the most important issue is the TGB," Brahimi said.

Syria regime to attend third round of Syria talks

Syria's Ambassador to the U.N. Bashar Ja'fari confirmed on Saturday that government negotiatiors will attend a third round of peace talks with the opposition in Geneva. 

They rejected Saturday a third-round agenda proposed by U.N. mediator Lakhdar Brahimi that would see the ending of "violence and terrorism" discussed on the first day, before they move onto the topic of a transitional government on the second day.  

"They [Brahimi and the opposition] said 'there is no need to fully finalize the first item'. We do not accept this for a very simple reason, we cannot move from one item to another without concluding the first item," Ja'fari said in a press conference, at the U.N. offices in Geneva, on the last day of the second round of talks.

"This is where the problem had started," Ja'fari added. "We promised our people to get back to Geneva to continue talks as long as it takes."

Brahimi said Saturday: "the government side considers that the most important issue is the issue of terrorism; the opposition side considers that the most important issue is the TGB."

Brahimi said he regretted that little had been accomplished in the talks so far, and offered his condolences to the Syrian people.

"I apologize to them that on these two rounds we haven’t helped them very much," he said.

 

 

 

 

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