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Switzerland: HNC won't return to Geneva talks without results on the ground in Syria01:10

Switzerland: HNC won't return to Geneva talks without results on the ground in Syria

Switzerland, Geneva
February 3, 2016 at 21:44 GMT +00:00 · Published

High Negotiation Committee (HNC) spokesperson Salem al-Meslet gave a press conference at the UN's Palais de Nation in Geneva on Monday saying that the "HNC delegation will leave Geneva tomorrow and will not return unless we see something on the ground." The comments come following a statement released earlier in the evening saying that the peace talks had been postponed until February 25 due to lack of progress.

Commenting on why the Syrian opposition would be withdrawing from the talks al-Meslet stated: "We discussed with our friends that any negotiation should go through a good environment."

Blaming Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for the closure of the talks, al-Meslet said: "We came to Geneva and were keen to make it a success and to prove that we are serious about it, but it seems that he does not want it to be a success."

Al-Meslet went on to respond to the calls for a ceasefire by saying: "The ceasefire is different; we only talk about it when there is a political transition where Bashar has no place in Syria."

The main goal of the intra-Syrian negotiations is to ultimately end the five-year-old conflict in Syria, with the initial implementation of a ceasefire, an increase in first aid to civilians and the establishment of a broad opposition against the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

Switzerland: HNC won't return to Geneva talks without results on the ground in Syria01:10
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High Negotiation Committee (HNC) spokesperson Salem al-Meslet gave a press conference at the UN's Palais de Nation in Geneva on Monday saying that the "HNC delegation will leave Geneva tomorrow and will not return unless we see something on the ground." The comments come following a statement released earlier in the evening saying that the peace talks had been postponed until February 25 due to lack of progress.

Commenting on why the Syrian opposition would be withdrawing from the talks al-Meslet stated: "We discussed with our friends that any negotiation should go through a good environment."

Blaming Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for the closure of the talks, al-Meslet said: "We came to Geneva and were keen to make it a success and to prove that we are serious about it, but it seems that he does not want it to be a success."

Al-Meslet went on to respond to the calls for a ceasefire by saying: "The ceasefire is different; we only talk about it when there is a political transition where Bashar has no place in Syria."

The main goal of the intra-Syrian negotiations is to ultimately end the five-year-old conflict in Syria, with the initial implementation of a ceasefire, an increase in first aid to civilians and the establishment of a broad opposition against the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

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