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Switzerland: Internal Syrian opposition group slams HNC, touts 'national unity' govt04:45

Switzerland: Internal Syrian opposition group slams HNC, touts 'national unity' govt

Switzerland, Geneva
April 26, 2016 at 02:44 GMT +00:00 · Published

Representatives of the Internal Damascus Platform touted the creation of a Syrian "national unity government" during a press conference in Geneva on Tuesday. The group, which represents members of the Syrian internal opposition, had just held talks with UN Special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura.

Member of the organisation Elian Mousad said the group had proposed "a new regime and a new constitution," which he said would be discussed "in the fourth round [of talks] to be started in May."

Mousad went on to slam the Saudi-backed High Negotiations Committee (HNC) delegation, saying that de Mistura's efforts "unfortunately are being sabotaged by many, especially the Riyadh opposition group." He added, "they are hotheads. They are behaving in a way that is not encouraging, through their repeated walkouts at the talks."

Regarding de Mistura's 12-point plan for a settlement in Syria, Mousad said the only sticking point was "reform of the army, because we believe it is not acceptable to accept in the army, armed battalions as is the case at the moment."

This month's round of intra-Syrian talks resumed in Geneva on April 13. Last week opposition delegation the High Negotiations Committee (HNC) announced their official departure from the talks. The group claimed that numerous violations of the cessation of hostilities agreement and an escalation on the ground as well as lack of progress on certain issues, had led to their decision to discontinue negotiations.

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Representatives of the Internal Damascus Platform touted the creation of a Syrian "national unity government" during a press conference in Geneva on Tuesday. The group, which represents members of the Syrian internal opposition, had just held talks with UN Special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura.

Member of the organisation Elian Mousad said the group had proposed "a new regime and a new constitution," which he said would be discussed "in the fourth round [of talks] to be started in May."

Mousad went on to slam the Saudi-backed High Negotiations Committee (HNC) delegation, saying that de Mistura's efforts "unfortunately are being sabotaged by many, especially the Riyadh opposition group." He added, "they are hotheads. They are behaving in a way that is not encouraging, through their repeated walkouts at the talks."

Regarding de Mistura's 12-point plan for a settlement in Syria, Mousad said the only sticking point was "reform of the army, because we believe it is not acceptable to accept in the army, armed battalions as is the case at the moment."

This month's round of intra-Syrian talks resumed in Geneva on April 13. Last week opposition delegation the High Negotiations Committee (HNC) announced their official departure from the talks. The group claimed that numerous violations of the cessation of hostilities agreement and an escalation on the ground as well as lack of progress on certain issues, had led to their decision to discontinue negotiations.

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