Geneva III Begins

Al-Jaafari : The Syrian Government is Serious About Dialogue and Finding a Political Solution for the Crisis
29 January، 2016
Geneva, SANA
Geneva meeting

The Syrian Arab Republic delegation for the Syrian-Syrian dialogue in Geneva, headed by Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari, held a meeting on Friday with UN Special Envoy on Syria Staffan De Mistura.

According to UN sources, al-Jaafari affirmed during the meeting that Syrians are committed to preserving Syria’s unity, independence, sovereignty, and the unity of its people, and that he pointed out that certain sides are sponsoring terrorist entities and refusing to classify them as international terrorist organizations.

The UN sources said that Al-Jaafari noted that there are sides which use the label “moderate opposition” to describe foreign terrorists, that these sides support terrorism and are running proxy wars on Syrian territories, and that UN Security Council resolutions listed ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra and all those affiliated to them as terrorist organizations, which means that Ahrar al-Cham movement is also a terrorist organization.

Al-Jaafari affirmed the seriousness of the Syrian government regarding dialogue and finding a political solution for the crisis, a solution that is defined by the Syrian people without any foreign interference, according to the UN sources.

The UN sources also said that during the meeting, de Mistura stressed the need for a political process led by Syrians, and that he is waiting the responses to the invitations he sent to some sides in the opposition.

De Mistura mentioned during the meeting that he will be working until Monday on what can be done, and that he intends to hold another meeting on Sunday to discuss other issues, the UN sources added.

Later, de Mistura told journalists that the best way to resolve the crisis in Syria is by coming to Geneva and beginning the political process, adding that there will be talks that will last for 3 or 4 days that may begin on Sunday, and that these talks’ goal is to move forward in dialogue among Syrians.

De Mistura pointed out that he suggested to the “opposition” to come to Geneva without preconditions, adding “we need to come to Geneva and discuss all issues, because we want to improve the situation of the Syrian people.”

He stated that the priority is for implementing UN Security Council resolution no. 2254, adding that he’s a mediator and isn’t biased to anyone, and that he isn’t a side nor does he lead dialogue, because the agenda for implementing the aforementioned resolution is clear, and when Syrians sit at the dialogue table, they will discuss that issue.

The Syrian Arab Republic delegation arrived earlier on Friday in Geneva to participate in the Syrian-Syrian dialogue held under the auspices of the United Nations. The delegations is headed by Bashar al-Jaafari and includes Syria’s representative at the UN in Geneva Hussameddin Ala, Adviser to Foreign and Expatriates Minister Ahmad Arnous, Ahmad Kizbari, Mohamed Khair al-Akkam, Amal Yazigi, Hasan al-Bahri, Omar Ossi, Amjad Issa, Ammar Ersan, Jamila Shurbaji, Rafah Breidi, Elias Shahin, Samir Breidi, Osama Ali, and Rouaa Shurbaji.

Earlier on Thursday, de Mistura said that the Syrian-Syrian dialogue in Geneva cannot fail, hoping that the dialogue will result in progress that leads security and stability to Syria.

Hazem Sabbagh

Russian Foreign Ministry urges Syrian parties to participate in Geneva talks without preconditions
29 January، 2016
Moscow, SANA

Russian Foreign Ministry called on all Syrian parties to participate in Geneva talks without preconditions, reaffirming Moscow’s firm and principled stance on the need to reach a political solution for the crisis in Syria.

“Moscow hopes that all Syrian opposition groups are ready for talks and calls on all parties of intra-Syrian peace talks to abandon preconditions for a peaceful settlement,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a press conference on Friday.

She added that the opposition “should work according to the principle of broad and inclusive representation because this is what ensures a real political settlement for the crisis.”

Zakharova pointed out that Geneva talks represent a turning point in the Syrian settlement in terms of the search for solutions and ways to find a peaceful settlement, adding that the Syrian government’s delegation has arrived in Geneva and is ready for talks.

“Syrian opposition groups that were formed as a result of the meetings of Moscow and Cairo are also ready for constructive cooperation without any preconditions,” Zakharova said, hoping that the Riyadh’s opposition list will announce its readiness to join to the talks.

Claims that Russia allegedly derails the Syrian peace talks are absurd, Zakharova said.

“As for the accusations from some representatives of the Syrian opposition delegation that Russia is allegedly to blame for derailing the Geneva talks, they are complete nonsense. Russia has been one of the initiators of the dialogue between representatives of the Syrian government and the opposition.”

Zakharova underlined that the opposition’s delegation should not include terrorists from ISIS or any other terrorist organizations.

She reiterated Moscow’s principled stance that only the Syrian people should decide the fate of their country.

“Any statements that somebody out there knows better how Syria should live and what the president should do and when he should leave may turn Syria into a new Libya.” She added.

She stressed on the necessity of unifying the international efforts to combat ISIS and reach a political settlement to the crisis in Syria, pointing out that Russia is helping the Syrian government in fighting international terrorism.

Manar al-Frieh/Manal