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Switzerland: Syrian opposition HNC arrive for peace talks with de Mistura01:40

Switzerland: Syrian opposition HNC arrive for peace talks with de Mistura

Switzerland, Geneva
February 24, 2017 at 15:30 GMT -00:00 · Published

A delegation of the High Negotiations Committee (HNC) of the Syrian opposition arrived at the United Nations offices in Geneva, Friday, to resume talks with UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura.

Earlier in the day, de Mistura met with a delegation from the Syrian government, led by the country's ambassador to the UN Bashar Jaafari. Following the meeting with de Mistura, Jaafari stated that they had discussed the potential format of further UN-led intra-Syrian peace talks and that his delegation was going to review an unspecified UN document and inform the UN envoy of their response.

Earlier in the week, HNC spokesperson Salem al-Meslet said in a statement to the press that the opposition grouping wanted direct negotiations with the government. Meslet also expressed his hope of seeing positive results by the end of the current round of Geneva talks.

De Mistura is moderating the ongoing peace talks between Syrian government and opposition members. He announced on Thursday that he would hold bilateral meetings with participants of the intra-Syrian talks throughout the day on Friday. The intra-Syrian peace talks begin after the conclusion of talks brokered by Russia, Turkey, Iran and Syrian factions in Astana, Kazakhstan, on February 15-16.

Switzerland: Syrian opposition HNC arrive for peace talks with de Mistura01:40
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A delegation of the High Negotiations Committee (HNC) of the Syrian opposition arrived at the United Nations offices in Geneva, Friday, to resume talks with UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura.

Earlier in the day, de Mistura met with a delegation from the Syrian government, led by the country's ambassador to the UN Bashar Jaafari. Following the meeting with de Mistura, Jaafari stated that they had discussed the potential format of further UN-led intra-Syrian peace talks and that his delegation was going to review an unspecified UN document and inform the UN envoy of their response.

Earlier in the week, HNC spokesperson Salem al-Meslet said in a statement to the press that the opposition grouping wanted direct negotiations with the government. Meslet also expressed his hope of seeing positive results by the end of the current round of Geneva talks.

De Mistura is moderating the ongoing peace talks between Syrian government and opposition members. He announced on Thursday that he would hold bilateral meetings with participants of the intra-Syrian talks throughout the day on Friday. The intra-Syrian peace talks begin after the conclusion of talks brokered by Russia, Turkey, Iran and Syrian factions in Astana, Kazakhstan, on February 15-16.

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