Syrian regime and opposition hold direct talks for the first time



ARA News

Gaziantep, Turkey− The UN and Arab League special envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, said in a press conference on Saturday that delegations of the Syrian regime and the opposition held direct talks in the framework of the internationally sponsored Geneva peace talks.  

In meetings held with Lakhdar Brahimi separately, both delegations agreed to the Geneva I conference proposals as a reference point for negotiations.

The Saturday meeting was the first time for representatives of the Syrian regime and the opposition to meet face-to-face since the start of the three-year conflict in Syria.

The main topic discussed during the Brahimi-led meeting was the humanitarian situation in the war-torn city of Homs. 

“Starting the direct talks between both sides with such a topic is meant to create a proper environment for negotiations on the needed political solution for the ongoing conflict in Syria,” Brahimi said. 

Brahimi assured none of the delegations intend to withdraw from the Geneva II. He also pointed out that the negotiations need to be honest and effective in order to put an end to the “tragedy” of the Syrian people.

The Geneva peace talks started last Wednesday in Montreux city, Switzerland. Representatives of several countries encouraged both sides (Syrian regime and the opposition) in the opening meeting to participate honestly in the negotiations. Head of the Syrian regime delegation and minister of foreign affairs, Waleed al-Mualim, gave a long speech saying that his country is targeted by terrorists by help of some regional and international powers, while Ahmed al-Jarba talked on behalf of the Syrian National Coalition for Revolutionary Forces and the Opposition,emphasizing the importance of holding Geneva I agreement accountable and as a basis for the Geneva II negotiation process.


Source: ARA News


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