Monday, 20 November, 2017

Latest Round of Syrian Peace Talks End With 'Incremental Progress'

Latest Round of Syrian Peace Talks End With 'Incremental Progress' Latest Round of Syrian Peace Talks End With 'Incremental Progress'
Kenny Thornton | 15 July, 2017, 14:39

Xie Xiaoyan, Chinese government's envoy for the Syrian issue, told Xinhua in an interview that China supports the United Nations in playing a leading mediation role and is willing to make positive contributions for the talks to achieve concrete results as soon as possible.

The representation of Damascus held this Friday the fourth working session with the Special Envoy of the United Nations for Syria and mediator in the process, Staffan de Mistura.

Ja'afari alluded to foreign backers of the main opposition, like Saudi Arabia and Turkey, as well as smaller opposition factions. "No breakthrough, no breakdowns, no one walked out", de Mistura told reporters, summing up the results of Geneva-7 round of negotiations.

"I'm not pushing for it".

Saying Assad's envoys claim to be the only ones talking about the fight against terrorist groups, de Mistura said no side should have "ownership" of that issue.

The chief delegate for the main opposition High Negotiations Committee, Nasr al-Hariri, told reporters that the talks need to focus on the future of Assad, and he accused the government delegation of stalling the process.

"We have just concluded the seventh session of the intra-Syrian dialogue in Geneva and we have achieved an incremental progress and we established a technical consultative mechanism to get deeper into issues ..."

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The Moscow and Cairo platforms each comprise a handful of activists and are named after the cities where they first convened, at meetings held with Russia's approval and support.

De Mistura wants to merge the three opposition groups participating in the talks before holding direct talks between the government and a unified opposition delegation. They do not control territory on the ground or have strong links with armed groups engaged in the war, according to Reuters.

Russian Federation supported a political solution in Syria and agreed with the United States on a ceasefire in the country's southwest during the G20 summit in Hamburg.

De Mistura also noted progress through worldwide diplomacy, such as a temporary truce in parts of southern Syria that was brokered by Jordan, Russia and the United States.

Syria's main opposition group has striven unsuccessfully to put the talks' spotlight on "political transition" in their country, something sought by a UN Security Council resolution in December 2015.

"To us, the broader the opposition the better, but at the same time the most important thing is to have an opposition that is cohesive, can act as one party in the political process".

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