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Syria: Regime reportedly ready to talk transition

Syria: Regime reportedly ready to talk transition

"Our position is honest and clear in condemning all terrorism and terrorist attacks, we also condemn ISIS and everyone who is related to unpatriotic and un-Syrian agendas", said Naser al-hariri, a member of the Syrian opposition. "We notice now that the political transition subject has become the main subject on the table".

The opposition says political transition - specifically the fate of President Assad - should be added to the discussions.

"We hope that Russian Federation will bet on the Syrian people and will not bet on one person who has made a decision to destroy the whole of Syria so as to remain in power", he added, referring to Assad.

Russian Federation and the United States are headed for a clash at the UN Security Council as Moscow prepares to veto a draft resolution that would impose sanctions on its ally Damascus.

He seeks to get the two sides to accept an agenda based on Security Council Resolution 2254, focusing initially on a new constitution as well as UN-supervised elections.

However, de Mistura said he believes the issues of terrorism, ceasefire and delivery of humanitarian aid were the "specialty" of the "Astana" talks organized by Russia, Turkey and Iran, while the "Geneva" talks should rather focus on political matters.

Russia, Turkey and Iran sponsored parallel talks in the Kazakh capital Astana, where they reinforced the ceasefire, paving the way for a resumption of United Nations -led mediations after a 10-month hiatus.

Government forces launched attacks around Qaboun in the days leading up to the current round of peace talks, the fiercest assault there for more than two years, according to the Observatory and a medical worker in the area.

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The issue has overshadowed the Geneva talks, in particular after a suicide assault in Syria's third-largest city of Homs last weekend which killed dozens of people.

Both sides have accused each other of attempting to sabotage the Geneva process, and the government has since insisted that negotiations should start with an agreement on the need to fight "terror". The HNC members articulated their own vision of the current round of talks in Geneva.

"This meeting was more positive than the one before", he told reporters.

"Due to the Russian pressure, there is acceptance to tackle the issue of. political transition", Nasr al-Hariri, head of the Syrian opposition delegation, told a press conference at the United Nations in Geneva after meeting with de Mistura.

De Mistura managed to persuade regime and opposition negotiators to sit in the same room for a symbolic opening ceremony last week, but since then he has held separate talks with the different delegations, as during previous rounds.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov, whose government supports Bashar al-Assad's regime, met the opposition delegation Wednesday afternoon in Geneva.

"Today, we will have a meeting with Russia's deputy foreign minister".

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