De Mistura prepares “a paper of principles” at the end of Geneva round of talks

Geneva, SANA- UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said on Thursday that he has prepared “ a paper of principles” which consists of 12 items to be as “ a common ground” among the Syrian sides which participated in the dialogue of Geneva.

 “The paper I have prepared represents my conception as a mediator for the Syrian-Syrian dialogue, it includes guiding principles that help in the next stage, but don’t enter in the details,” de Mistura said at a press conference in Geneva.

He added “I am satisfied with what has been achieved as we could exceed this round without any problem or rejection from any part,” indicating he will seek to enter in the details in the next round.

“We will start the next round of talks on the time that we have fixed which couldn’t be postponed after the 9th or 10th of April as the participating delegations can arrive successively,” de Mistura said.

He added “I have a positive impression on all the sides which participated in the dialogue, they were positive and behaved in a great professional way,” affirming “the delegation of the Syrian Arab Republic has focused on the principles that would lead us to the details while the opposition delegation concentrated on the future of Syria.”

De Mistura pointed out that the demand of the Syrian people is “cessation of violence”, so “priority is for preserving the cessation of hostilities agreement and the continuation of the humanitarian aid.”

“Maintaining those two demands after years of war is not possible without a political process which leads to a solution to the crisis,” de Mistura said, affirming that the basis of this solution is international resolution No. 2254.

He affirmed that applying the cessation of hostilities agreement has positively affected the life of the Syrians, calling for keeping work in it as it helps make the Syrian-Syrian dialogue a success.

De Mistura called for keeping push towards the dialogue process, hoping the Russian-US talks in Moscow would offer help in the next stage.

He hoped the Kurds would participate in the Syrian dialogue, saying ” I discussed this issue at the Security Council,” adding “the Kurds are Syrians and I will seek to have them in the dialogue and representation would include all Syrians.”

The paper prepared by de Mistura calls for maintaining Syria’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, rejecting any foreign intervention and rejecting terrorism as well as calling for ensuring suitable conditions for the returning of refugees to homeland.




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