DAMASCUS, Feb. 4 (Xinhua) -- The Syria-based opposition groups have agreed that the ill-representation of the Syrian opposition groups in the Geneva II peace talks was one of the main reasons behind the failure, saying that a broader representation could result in tangible results for a political settlement for the country's three-year-old conflict.
They pointed out that the most important aspect is to have one program with a unified negotiation vision of the opposition to help in bringing the three-year-old conflict to an end.
The home-based opposition groups have complained that they were not invited to take part in the Geneva II conference as independent entities. The United States, one of the sponsors of the conference, said that other parties could participate under the SNC umbrella.
The opposition groups, mainly the NCB, said there was no way they would partake under the SNC umbrella, demanding an equal representation in a unified opposition delegation but not in the SNC shadow. The first round of talks wrapped up last Friday with no results at all.
Maher Murhej, the leader of the Youth Party, told Xinhua Tuesday that the participation of a wider opposition delegation in the second round of the talks is an "urgent necessity" in order for the talks to result in a positive outcome regarding the political solution to the country's long-standing conflict.
He contended that the U.S. "still insists on excluding the Syria-based opposition groups and tries to market the coalition as the sole representative of the Syrian people."
He stressed that "if the situation remains that way, we will not count much on the second round of talks in Geneva."
He said that the representation of the opposition should be a " real representation of those reflecting the large spectra of the Syrians," stressing that the expanding the opposition's representation should not be "selectively."
Meanwhile, Ahmad al-Esrawi of the oppositional National Coordination Body (NCB), told Xinhua that "if the opposition takes part in the conference with a unified vision, then something positive will emerge from the conference."
"We want to go to Geneva with a firm belief in the political solution," he stressed.
Anas Joudeh of the Building Syria State party told Xinhua that the broader representation of the opposition would surely have concrete results of the second round of Geneva II talks.
He reiterated that "the solution to Syria's crisis must be participatory among the Syrian forces on the basis of their shared goal of a democratic transformation in Syria."
Aside from the political comments, diplomatic efforts are apparently being exerted to secure the participation of new opposition parties in the second round of talks, due to open on Feb.10.
An opposition figure told Xinhua on Tuesday that an imminent meeting will take place in Egypt's Cairo within the next couple of days and will group the leaders of the SNC and the NCB to discuss wider representation of the Syrian opposition groups in the upcoming talks in Geneva.
DAMASCUS, Feb. 4 (Xinhua) -- High-profile figures of Syria's two major opposition groups will meet in Egypt's Cairo within the next couple of days to discuss broader representation of the Syrian opposition groups in the second round of talks of the Geneva II peace conference, a Syrian opposition figure said Tuesday.
Hasan Abdul-Azim, the head of the domestically-based National Coordination Body (NCB) is expected to meet with Ahmad al-Jarba, the head of the exiled Syrian National Coalition (SNC), the main opposition group in exile, the opposition figure told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.Full story
DAMASCUS, Feb. 4 (Xinhua) -- Syria's domestically-based opposition parties slammed the lack of progress in the first round of talks at the Geneva II conference aimed at solving the Syrian crisis.
Anas Joudeh, deputy head of the Building Syria State party, told Xinhua in an interview Tuesday that the first round of talks, wrapped up last Friday, had drifted away from a political solution to the crisis. Full story
DAMASCUS, Feb. 3 (Xinhua) -- The Syrian government, discouraged by slow-paced international efforts to bring about a political solution to a three-year crisis in the country, has chosen another route to solve the crisis by reaching out to opposition fighters battling it on the ground.
Syria has repeatedly confirmed that it seeks to make national reconciliation efforts a success and has already made strides in bringing about security and safety to several areas in the capital and its suburbs, enabling displaced families to return home. Full story
GENEVA, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- The Syria peace talks concluded on Friday with no concrete progress, UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said.
Brahinmi told a press conference that this round of Syria talks was a "difficult start" and progress was slow, but the sides "have become used to sitting in the same room" and have "engaged in an acceptable manner." Full story
DAMASCUS, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- Syria's warring sides meeting in Geneva have failed to make any headway in their bid to rid the country of its three-year-old nightmare.
Common grounds never emerged in the first round of the Geneva II conference which began on Jan. 22 and is due to end on Friday. The talks, mediated by the international envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, were marred with confrontational tones. A second round will be prepared soon. Full story
MOSCOW, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- "Non-trivial solutions" could be adopted over the process of destruction of Syrian chemical weapons, a senior Russian diplomat said Friday.
"Security issues have been actively considered now. The non-trivial solutions could be announced shortly," Interfax news agency quoted head of the Security and Disarmament Department in the Foreign Ministry, Mikhail Ulyanov, as saying. Full story
THE HAGUE, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- The director-general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Ahmet Uzumcu on Friday said while the removal of two shipments of chemicals from Syria this month was a start, the need to hasten the overall process was "obvious."
"Ways and means must be found to establish continuity and predictability of shipments to assure states parties that the programme, while delayed, is not deferred," he added. Full story