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Switzerland: 'A bet on a criminal regime is a lost bet' - HNC calls on Russia to drop Assad02:44

Switzerland: 'A bet on a criminal regime is a lost bet' - HNC calls on Russia to drop Assad

Switzerland, Geneva
May 18, 2017 at 21:22 GMT -00:00 · Published

Chief negotiator of the Syrian opposition's High Negotiations Committee Nasr al-Hariri urged Russia to stop supporting its ally the Syrian government, during a press conference in Geneva on Thursday.

Al-Hariri stated "Our message to the Russians is that we first expect from them real commitment to cease-fire agreement. We need nationwide cease-fire, that could lay the ground for real political transition." Before adding "First of all Russians should realise today that a bet on criminal regime is a lost bet."

The representative also confirmed that members of his delegation held a technical meeting with experts from the team of the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, on "constitutional and legal procedures."

Speaking to the press at a tent on the premises of Palais des Nations, Nasr al-Hariri said that the paper, which was submitted by de Mistura last Tuesday, suggested to establish a special Consultative Mechanism on constitution and legal matters, was "put aside."

He added that the HNC delegation was engaged into technical meetings aimed at "accelerating the negotiation process".

Al-Hariri also announced that on Friday the HNC delegation will submit two memorandums to Mr. de Mistura on the "sabotaging role of Iran in Syria" and on the detainees issue.

Earlier on Thursday the office of the UN Special Envoy for Syria issued two statements, saying that the UN team held two separate expert-level meetings "on issues and ideas over constitutional process" with representatives of the Syrian government, and "on constitutional issues of relevance to the intra-Syrian talks" with the HNC delegation.

Switzerland: 'A bet on a criminal regime is a lost bet' - HNC calls on Russia to drop Assad02:44
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Chief negotiator of the Syrian opposition's High Negotiations Committee Nasr al-Hariri urged Russia to stop supporting its ally the Syrian government, during a press conference in Geneva on Thursday.

Al-Hariri stated "Our message to the Russians is that we first expect from them real commitment to cease-fire agreement. We need nationwide cease-fire, that could lay the ground for real political transition." Before adding "First of all Russians should realise today that a bet on criminal regime is a lost bet."

The representative also confirmed that members of his delegation held a technical meeting with experts from the team of the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, on "constitutional and legal procedures."

Speaking to the press at a tent on the premises of Palais des Nations, Nasr al-Hariri said that the paper, which was submitted by de Mistura last Tuesday, suggested to establish a special Consultative Mechanism on constitution and legal matters, was "put aside."

He added that the HNC delegation was engaged into technical meetings aimed at "accelerating the negotiation process".

Al-Hariri also announced that on Friday the HNC delegation will submit two memorandums to Mr. de Mistura on the "sabotaging role of Iran in Syria" and on the detainees issue.

Earlier on Thursday the office of the UN Special Envoy for Syria issued two statements, saying that the UN team held two separate expert-level meetings "on issues and ideas over constitutional process" with representatives of the Syrian government, and "on constitutional issues of relevance to the intra-Syrian talks" with the HNC delegation.

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