The opposition’s delegation to Geneva raised at its first meeting with Staffan de Mistura in Geneva on Tuesday the issue of breaches of the cessation of hostilities agreement by the Assad regime. The delegation also discussed the Assad regime’s reluctance to improve the humanitarian situation as was stipulated by UN Security Council resolution 2254.
Deputy Head of the opposition’s negotiating delegation George Sabra said that the opposition delegation presented a detailed list of the regime’s and its allies’ violations of the truce. He stressed that the Assad regime and its allies have not yet granted full access for humanitarian aid to some of the besieged areas in Syria, especially to the district of Darayya west of Damascus.
Sabra also said the Assad regime has not yet released detainees; many of whom are women and children.
Sabra said that the opposition’s negotiating delegation put forward their vision of political transition as stipulated in the 2012 Geneva Communiqué and the UN Security Council resolution 2245. He added that this vision is based on the formation of a transitional governing body with full executive powers reached by mutual consent.
Conferees held a minute of silence for victims of the war that entered its sixth year on Tuesday, March 15.
Sabra emphasized that the Syrian people will be victorious, and that Assad’s forces and their allies have so far failed to extinguish the flames of the revolution. He said the Syrian people will have the final say with regards to Syria’s future. (Source: Syrian Coalition)