Syrian opposition cites UN saying govt ready to talk transition

March 1, 2017 15:05
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GENEVA- The Syrian opposition said on Wednesday that they had been told by UN mediator Staffan de Mistura that government negotiators were prepared to discuss a political transition at peace talks in Geneva.

"We heard from de Mistura that due to Russia pressure there is acceptance to tackle the issues enshrined in (Security Council resolution) 2254 and most importantly political transition," Nasr al-Hariri told reporters after meeting de Mistura.

He added the government delegation was trying to prioritize other points to avoid tackling the political issues directly and

was using violence on the ground to foil the talks.

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