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Switzerland: HNC expect 'real talk, no waste of time' ahead of meeting with de Mistura's team02:36

Switzerland: HNC expect 'real talk, no waste of time' ahead of meeting with de Mistura's team

Switzerland, Geneva
March 23, 2017 at 03:01 GMT -00:00 · Published

Syrian opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC) spokesperson Salem al-Meslet said he expects to see "real talk, real negotiations" that are not a "waste of time" as the HNC delegation arrived at the Royal Hotel in Geneva, Wednesday, ahead of a meeting with UN officials on the Syrian ceasefire.

Meslet said, "We arrived in Geneva to see real talks, real negotiation, not only waste of time. Tomorrow we will meet the team of Mr. de Mistura at twelve o'clock here at the hotel. Then, I believe, the day after Mr. de Mistura will arrive - that's what we've heard, - in the evening tomorrow. After that we will see the schedule of our meetings with the Special Envoy in Geneva during this round. We hope to see some serious partner on the other side of the table. We still insist on direct negotiation. We don't really have time to waste here, we came serious to accomplish something for the people of Syria."

Meslet also rejected Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's comments on the escalation of military actions from rebel forces across Syria, saying "Noone, including Russia, can call that escalation as we have had that many times before that the Syrian army or Iran or Russia advanced escalation just ahead of a round of Geneva talks."

The fifth round of the intra-Syrian talks will start in Geneva on Thursday. UN Deputy Special Envoy for Syria Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy will open the negotiations, while UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura is expected to address the participants of the talks on Friday after returning from Ankara.

The agenda of the new round of negotiations is expected to consist of the four core issues: governance, drafting a new constitution, elections and the fight against terrorism.

Switzerland: HNC expect 'real talk, no waste of time' ahead of meeting with de Mistura's team02:36
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Syrian opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC) spokesperson Salem al-Meslet said he expects to see "real talk, real negotiations" that are not a "waste of time" as the HNC delegation arrived at the Royal Hotel in Geneva, Wednesday, ahead of a meeting with UN officials on the Syrian ceasefire.

Meslet said, "We arrived in Geneva to see real talks, real negotiation, not only waste of time. Tomorrow we will meet the team of Mr. de Mistura at twelve o'clock here at the hotel. Then, I believe, the day after Mr. de Mistura will arrive - that's what we've heard, - in the evening tomorrow. After that we will see the schedule of our meetings with the Special Envoy in Geneva during this round. We hope to see some serious partner on the other side of the table. We still insist on direct negotiation. We don't really have time to waste here, we came serious to accomplish something for the people of Syria."

Meslet also rejected Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's comments on the escalation of military actions from rebel forces across Syria, saying "Noone, including Russia, can call that escalation as we have had that many times before that the Syrian army or Iran or Russia advanced escalation just ahead of a round of Geneva talks."

The fifth round of the intra-Syrian talks will start in Geneva on Thursday. UN Deputy Special Envoy for Syria Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy will open the negotiations, while UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura is expected to address the participants of the talks on Friday after returning from Ankara.

The agenda of the new round of negotiations is expected to consist of the four core issues: governance, drafting a new constitution, elections and the fight against terrorism.

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