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Switzerland: HNC call for ousting of Assad for political transition03:24

Switzerland: HNC call for ousting of Assad for political transition

Switzerland, Geneva
March 31, 2017 at 01:51 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Syrian opposition's High Negotiating Committee (HNC) blamed Bashar al-Assad's government for negotiations not being "highly successful," while speaking at the latest round of the UN-brokered peace talks in Geneva, on Friday.

“We have come here knowing that the negotiations would be difficult and demanding, with a party that does not want to reach a political resolution,” the Group's leader Nasr al-Hariri told reporters on the final day of the talks. Speaking on behalf of the HNC, al-Hariri maintained, "This serious and effective fight is to be launched from only one point; the political transition by ousting Bashar al-Assad and his regime, immediately."

Al-Hariri blamed the Syrian government on the lack of conclusive results, claiming that "the regime, up to this point, refuses to discuss anything, other than holding onto the empty talk about fighting terrorism.”

Commenting on rumours of the possible resignation of UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan De Mistura, al-Hariri stated that it was up to the United Nations, adding that the appointment of any new Special Envoy for Syria would necessitate a delay in the political process by at least six months.

As the fifth round of the UN-brokered peace talks concluded in Geneva on Friday, another round is likely to be held in mid-May, following the international meeting on Syria in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Switzerland: HNC call for ousting of Assad for political transition03:24
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The Syrian opposition's High Negotiating Committee (HNC) blamed Bashar al-Assad's government for negotiations not being "highly successful," while speaking at the latest round of the UN-brokered peace talks in Geneva, on Friday.

“We have come here knowing that the negotiations would be difficult and demanding, with a party that does not want to reach a political resolution,” the Group's leader Nasr al-Hariri told reporters on the final day of the talks. Speaking on behalf of the HNC, al-Hariri maintained, "This serious and effective fight is to be launched from only one point; the political transition by ousting Bashar al-Assad and his regime, immediately."

Al-Hariri blamed the Syrian government on the lack of conclusive results, claiming that "the regime, up to this point, refuses to discuss anything, other than holding onto the empty talk about fighting terrorism.”

Commenting on rumours of the possible resignation of UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan De Mistura, al-Hariri stated that it was up to the United Nations, adding that the appointment of any new Special Envoy for Syria would necessitate a delay in the political process by at least six months.

As the fifth round of the UN-brokered peace talks concluded in Geneva on Friday, another round is likely to be held in mid-May, following the international meeting on Syria in Astana, Kazakhstan.