Thursday, December 10, 2015

Syrian opposition talks ends with no agreement on key issues

The first day of the Saudi-hosted Syrian opposition talks ended on Wednesday, without agreeing on key issues, including the future of President Bashar al-Assad in a transitional period, Al Arabiya News reported.

The opposition figures also had a dispute over whether to dissolve the current Syrian security and military bodies or reform them.

Earlier in the day, around 100 representatives of the in-home and in-exile Syrian opposition groups started talks in Riyadh to reach a political solution to the crisis gripping the country for almost five years.

On Thursday, the opposition figures are expected to discuss terrorism, cease-fire and reconstruction of Syria.

The two-day Riyadh conference is the latest attempt to end the opposition groups' long-standing disunity and to pursue a peaceful solution to the conflict that has killed more than 250,000 people and displaced millions of others.-



  1. Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Abdel Al-Jubeir has issued a fresh call on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down through negotiations or else be forcibly removed from power, as Syrian opposition groups held talks in the Saudi capital Riyadh...

    Jubeir made the statement on Thursday, while Syrian opposition leaders discussed forming a unified front before proposed peace talks with Assad's government in Vienna.

    The Saudi foreign minister also said he hoped that the Syrian opposition could come up with a common vision for Syria during the meeting. He urged delegates to prove wrong those who argue that the Syrian opposition is too fragmented to present a unified front at future peace talks............Al Jazeera and agencies

  2. Syrian political and armed opposition groups meeting in Riyadh have agreed on a framework for negotiations with the Syrian regime as long as President Bashar al-Assad steps down at the start of a transition period set out last month by top diplomats...

    "An agreement has been reached on... a unified vision for the settlement process and a supreme committee that would act as a reference for the negotiating team, the composition of which will be specified later," said Suhair Atassi, a member of the National Coalition, the main opposition grouping.

    According to a statement, the participating groups backed a "democratic mechanism through a pluralistic regime that represents all sectors of the Syrian people," which would include women and wouldn't discriminate based on religious, sectarian or ethnic grounds.

    Meanwhile, one of Syria's main rebel groups, Ahrar al-Sham, on Thursday pulled out of opposition talks aimed at forging a united front ahead of potential discussions with President Bashar al-Assad's regime...............

  3. Iran says groups linked to ISIS are at Riyadh talks...

    Iran said on Thursday groups linked to Islamic State were involved in talks on forming a delegation for negotiations on the future of Syria, the semi-official Iranian news agency Fars reported.

    Delegates from Syrian opposition and rebel groups agreed in Riyadh on Thursday to bring together political and armed factions in a single body in preparation for possible peace talks with the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

    Iran is a crucial ally of Assad in Syria's four-year-old civil war.

    "Some of the terrorist groups linked to Islamic State are involved in the (Riyadh) talks ... these terrorist groups will not be allowed to decide Syria's future," Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said, according to Fars.....


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