Opposition to meet Russians, respond to de Mistura paper

Orient Net 2017-02-27 13:15:00

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Syrian opposition delegation to Geneva is set to meet today on Monday with Russian officials to discuss the commitments that Moscow had made but failed to fulfill.

The opposition’s delegation would also meet with the UN Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura to respond to the paper de Mistura presented two days ago, Orient News correspondent reported.

Reuters quoted opposition’s Chief Negotiator Muhammad Alloush as saying that the delegation would meet with Russian foreign ministry officials. The names of the officials have not been revealed.

The meeting would be a remarkable step, particularly with Russia expressing, for the first time, willingness to discuss safe zones in Syria, an issue it totally rejected in the past.

“Negotiations should start by discussing political transition, and this is what the opposition will present to de Mistura in response to his paper,” Yahya Qadamani, Head of the Higher Negotiations Committee (HNC)’s mission to Geneva and HNC’s Deputy General Coordinator, was quoted by Al Jazeera as saying.

Two days ago, de Mistura presented two separate papers to the delegations of Assad regime and opposition regarding the formation of three special work groups on governance, constitution and elections, while suggesting leaving discussions about the issues of fighting terrorism and the ceasefire for Astana talks.