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Switzerland: UN's de Mistura meets 'Moscow group' of Syrian opposition03:24

Switzerland: UN's de Mistura meets 'Moscow group' of Syrian opposition

Switzerland, Geneva
February 5, 2016 at 15:39 GMT +00:00 · Published

United Nations and Arab League Envoy to Syria Steffan de Mistura held a meeting with the 'Moscow group' of the Syrian opposition, led by President of the People's Front for Change and Liberation Qadri Jamil, in Geneva, Friday.

Speaking to journalists after the meeting, Jamil said: "We have reached an agreement with Mr. de Mistura over the necessity of kicking off the operation as fast as possible to overcome obstacles in the first phase."

"We hope that the next round, we should come fast, to overcome obstacles. Our whole delegation will participate as a negotiating delegation in the Geneva negotiations and talks to reach the long-awaited peace in Syria," he added.

Jamil also stated that he believed the "UN Security Council should exclude Jabhat al-Nusra from the list of terrorist organisations," if Ahrar ash-Sham and Jaysh al-Islam are to take part in the negotiations.

Besides Jamil, six other people from the opposition took part in the meeting among them Randa Kassis, Abass Habib, Fateh Jamous, Mazen Maghrebia Namroud Suleiman and Salim Kheirbek.

Coordinator of the Syrian National Coordinating Committee for Democratic Change Heisam al-Manaa has not participated in the meeting, boycotting contacts in the UN 'until Kurds join inter-Syrian negotiations.'

Switzerland: UN's de Mistura meets 'Moscow group' of Syrian opposition03:24
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United Nations and Arab League Envoy to Syria Steffan de Mistura held a meeting with the 'Moscow group' of the Syrian opposition, led by President of the People's Front for Change and Liberation Qadri Jamil, in Geneva, Friday.

Speaking to journalists after the meeting, Jamil said: "We have reached an agreement with Mr. de Mistura over the necessity of kicking off the operation as fast as possible to overcome obstacles in the first phase."

"We hope that the next round, we should come fast, to overcome obstacles. Our whole delegation will participate as a negotiating delegation in the Geneva negotiations and talks to reach the long-awaited peace in Syria," he added.

Jamil also stated that he believed the "UN Security Council should exclude Jabhat al-Nusra from the list of terrorist organisations," if Ahrar ash-Sham and Jaysh al-Islam are to take part in the negotiations.

Besides Jamil, six other people from the opposition took part in the meeting among them Randa Kassis, Abass Habib, Fateh Jamous, Mazen Maghrebia Namroud Suleiman and Salim Kheirbek.

Coordinator of the Syrian National Coordinating Committee for Democratic Change Heisam al-Manaa has not participated in the meeting, boycotting contacts in the UN 'until Kurds join inter-Syrian negotiations.'

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