Transitional government next on Geneva II agenda: Syria opposition

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Syria's opposition has accused the regime delegation at peace talks in Geneva of delaying progress on Tuesday by trying to change the agenda.

Syria's opposition has accused the regime delegation at peace talks in Geneva of delaying progress on Tuesday by trying to change the agenda.

GENEVA - Syria's opposition has accused the regime delegation at peace talks in Geneva of delaying progress on Tuesday by trying to change the agenda.

"Clearly, there has been no progress today. Even on the agenda, the regime was arguing with [Lakdhar] Brahimi, not allowing him to come up with an agenda that would be acceptable by all parties," said the Syrian National Coalition's spokesperson Louay Safi after the second day of the second round of talks at Geneva II.

"Even though the agenda proposed by Brahimi was not our favorite, we want to start with the transitional governing body. We feel that this is the way to tackle all the issues including violence and terrorism," Safi said.

Safi said that according to UN and Arab League Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi's agenda, a transitional government should be discussed on the third day of talks.

The opposition also presented the UN with documentation of the alleged close relationship between Syria's regime and radical militant group, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.

"ISIS has been attacking the liberated areas trying to kill local fighting forces who are protecting towns and villages. Therefore, we wanted to provide evidence that terrorism in Syria has been supported even produced by the regime," said Safi.

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