Vice-president of the Syrian Coalition Abdul Hakim Bashar stressed that the opposition will seek to make political transition in accordance with international resolutions the main focus of the current round of negotiations in Geneva.
Speaking from Geneva on Friday, Bashar said that the opposition’s delegation will meet with the UN envoy to Staffan de Mistura later on Friday to discuss the agenda of the current round of the talks.
Bashar said the opposition delegation will call on de Mistura to press the Assad regime to commit to the basis of the political process as well as to put political transition as set out in international resolutions, particularly the Geneva Communiqué of 2012 and the UNSCR 2118 and 2254, on top of the agenda of the talks.
Bashar, who is also a member of the opposition’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC), said that de Mistura and his team should take into account the latest reports by the UN and human rights groups condemning the Assad regime’s the use of chemical weapons and the mass executions against thousands of detainees in the Saydnaya Prison and other detention centers.
In response to remarks by the UN mediator on the drafting of a new constitution during the opening ceremony on Thursday, Bashar said that such issues could be discussed after a political process has been initiated and a genuine political transition put in place. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)