Syria: negotiations to quit or double

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The special envoy of  Syria, Staffan de Mistura, will attempt to bring together all the people involved in the Syrian crisis, as from Friday, January 29 in Geneva for negotiations on a political settlement of the conflict that has claimed more than 260 000 dead in five years. Thursday morning, holding these negotiations remained suspended on the decision of the High Council for negotiations (HCN), the body formed in Riyadh in December by a hundred political and military representatives of the opposition, to participate or not. While the regime of President Bashar al-Assad has already confirmed his arrival in Geneva, HCN was to meet in Riyadh Thursday morning for the third consecutive day to reach its decision.

Despite intense pressure from the UN envoy and US Secretary of State, John Kerry, HCN continued this Thursday to demand the clarification of three points: the composition of the delegation of the opposition, the agenda and the implementation of “confidence building measures” humanitarian. On January 26, the group of Riyadh sent a letter to that effect to the Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon and his decision affects the response to be made to it.
Who will represent the opposition?
Staffan de Mistura has not revealed the final list of invited opposition representatives in Geneva contentious subject for several weeks. HCN considers the only legitimate party to represent the opposition. What Russia, an ally of Damascus regime with Iran, disputes since its formation in December …

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