De Mistura continues meetings with delegations participating in Geneva talks

Geneva, SANA – UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura continues on Monday holding meetings with the delegations participating in the intra-Syrian dialogue for the fifth consecutive day at the UN headquarters in Geneva.

De Mistura had met the Syrian Arab Republic delegation headed by Bashar al-Jaafari on Saturday, with al-Jaafari saying that the session focused on one point only which is prioritizing fighting terrorism, adding that the blood of Syrians is precious and those who shed it will pay dearly, in a reference to the terrorist bombings that targeted two security centers in Homs.

Al-Jaafari also said that the delegation of the Syrian Arab Republic is seeking common grounds that open the door to discussing other topics, and that al-Nusra carried out the Homs bombings in a bid to derail the Geneva talks.

On Sunday, de Mistura met with the delegations of Cairo and Moscow platforms, and a meeting between him and the Riyadh platform is scheduled for Monday.

Media sources indicate that the disagreements still remain between the Riyadh delegation and the delegations of Cairo and Moscow about the mechanism and the form of representation in one delegation, as the Riyadh delegation insists on monopolizing the representation of the opposition and absorbing other delegations into itself, which is rejected by the two other delegations.

Manar al-Freih / Hazem Sabbagh

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