Syrian opposition hopes Geneva talks catalyse political transition

Profound security threat cannot be addressed with Assad in power, says Syrian opposition

Reuters February 19, 2017
According to Brett McGurk The US has not taken a final stance on the Syrian issue. PHOTO: AFP

MUNICH: The Syrian opposition is fully committed to peace talks and hopes it would pave the way for a political transition, according to a senior official on Sunday.

The peace talks are to be held in Geneva on February 23.

"We are fully committed to the Geneva talks," Syrian National Coalition President Anas al-Abdah told delegates at the Munich Security Conference.

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"We cannot address the profound security threats ... while Assad remains in power," he said.

Brett McGurk, the United States' envoy to the coalition against Islamic State, said the new US administration was still reviewing its stance on the Syrian issue.

He added that it was seeking a role to reinforce Russian and Turkish efforts to cement a ceasefire in the country.


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