Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said his country “will be supporting any initiative for a political solution in Syria, except the only criteria we want is that the moderate opposition should be represented by their own will and initiative.”
Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday, Davutoglu stressed that “there should not be any representation of terrorist groups around the table.”
Anas al-Abdah, Secretary of the political committee, said earlier: “Russia has dragged its feet on UN Security Council resolution 2254, in particular the article which calls for the convening of negotiations between the regime and the Syrian opposition.”
“Russia continues to bomb cities and commit massacres in Syria and target the mainstream armed opposition on a daily basis. It also supports the Assad regime’s policy of siege and starvation, which claimed the lives of dozens of people as a result of hunger,” Abdah added.
Abdah pointed out that “Assad and his Russian and Iranian allies persist on pursuing a military solution to the crisis and are not serious about finding a political solution. Their participation in the Vienna meetings and Russia’s signing off on UN Security Council resolution 2254 is just a ploy to gain time. Moreover, Russia’s actions in Syria undermine chances of reaching a political solution to the conflict.” (Source: Syrian Coalition + Anadolu)