Syrian opposition meets UN envoy, demands action on humanitarian issues

By REUTERS
January 31, 2016 14:50

 
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GENEVA - A Saudi-backed Syrian opposition delegation met the UN's special envoy Staffan de Mistura for the first time on Sunday demanding efforts to improve humanitarian conditions on the ground or they would shun political negotiations.

"We only came to Geneva after receiving assurances and commitments and we have precise commitments on the fact there would be serious progress on the humanitarian situation," said Bassma Kodmani, who is part of the opposition negotiating delegation.

"We can't start political negotiations until we have those gestures (in place)."

Fellow opposition member Farah Atassi said it was too early to say how long the delegation would stay.

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