Syria ready to join peace talks in Geneva

    Syria ready to join peace talks in Geneva

    Dec 24, Damascus: Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem has said Syria is ready to participate in peace talks in Geneva aimed at ending its civil war.

    Speaking during an official visit to China, Muallem said that, "Syria is ready to participate in the Syrian-Syrian dialogue in Geneva without any foreign interference."

    Last week, the UN Security Council gave its unanimous support to a plan to end the Syrian conflict by summoning rebels and the regime to the negotiating table, news reports said.

    With crucial backing from the United States and Russia, the plan aims to install a ceasefire in Syria, possibly in January, when talks could also begin.

    During his meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, "Our delegation will be ready as soon as we receive a list of the opposition delegation."

    The present government will compose a constitutional committee to look for a new constitution with a new law of election so the parliamentary election will be held within the period of 18 months, more or less, he said.

    Friday's resolution gives UN blessing to a plan negotiated earlier in Vienna that calls for a ceasefire, talks between the Syrian government and opposition and a roughly two-year timeline to create a unity government and hold elections.

    Despite their agreement at the UN, major powers are bitterly divided on who may represent the opposition as well as on the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    At least 250,000 people have been killed in the conflict, which is in its fifth year.

    The Oslo Times


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