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Switzerland: Syrian 'Hmeymim delegation' arrive for Geneva talks02:56

Switzerland: Syrian 'Hmeymim delegation' arrive for Geneva talks

Switzerland, Geneva
March 17, 2016 at 13:45 GMT +00:00 · Published

Representatives from a Syrian opposition group formed at Russia's Hmeymim air base arrived at Starling hotel in Geneva on Thursday, ahead of the intra-Syrian peace talks.

The leader of the goup formed at Hmeymim, Ilian Masaad, said that the delegation wants to "explain their position of forming a united patriotic government" as they claimed to represent "all the ethnicities in Syria" and "all political views in Syria," including the "Syrian women and the minorities."

He went on to say that they are experiencing "isolation and attempts to exclude us," although "now the international community realised that we are the only sensible ones, that we don't have the arrogance of the other countries and we don't have the extremism of the groups who were killing the innocents in Syria."

A new round of intra-Syria talks began in Geneva on Monday, March 14. Negotiations between the Syrian government and opposition forces were suspended on February 3 and resumed after a cessation of hostilities came into effect on February 27. Despite occasional reports of violations, the truce is said to be generally holding. The main goal of the intra-Syria negotiations, which are due to continue through to March 24, is to ultimately end the five-year conflict in Syria.

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Representatives from a Syrian opposition group formed at Russia's Hmeymim air base arrived at Starling hotel in Geneva on Thursday, ahead of the intra-Syrian peace talks.

The leader of the goup formed at Hmeymim, Ilian Masaad, said that the delegation wants to "explain their position of forming a united patriotic government" as they claimed to represent "all the ethnicities in Syria" and "all political views in Syria," including the "Syrian women and the minorities."

He went on to say that they are experiencing "isolation and attempts to exclude us," although "now the international community realised that we are the only sensible ones, that we don't have the arrogance of the other countries and we don't have the extremism of the groups who were killing the innocents in Syria."

A new round of intra-Syria talks began in Geneva on Monday, March 14. Negotiations between the Syrian government and opposition forces were suspended on February 3 and resumed after a cessation of hostilities came into effect on February 27. Despite occasional reports of violations, the truce is said to be generally holding. The main goal of the intra-Syria negotiations, which are due to continue through to March 24, is to ultimately end the five-year conflict in Syria.

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