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No conditions for dialogue – Syrian NCC coordinator abroad

March 09, 2013, 22:08 UTC+3
Representatives of the Syrian National Coordination Committee (NCC) intend to meet with the leadership of the Lavrov
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MOSCOW, March 9 (Itar-Tass) – Conditions for the dialogue between the opposition and the Syrian government have not been created, Syrian National Coordination Committee coordinator abroad Heisam Manaa told Itar-Tass.

“I believe that conditions for starting the dialogue with the government have not been created on the present stage,” Manaa said on Saturday.

“We cannot really reach progress what we name ceasing violence and searching for the political solution to form a transitional governing body,” the Syrian NCC coordinator said.

Representatives of the Syrian National Coordination Committee (NCC) intend to meet with the leadership of the Russian Foreign Ministry, particularly with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, in Moscow on March 11, he said.

Upon his arrival in Moscow on Saturday, Manaa said, “We intend to discuss the recent events in Syria. We discuss what we name the political solution for Syria. We want to know Syria’s position by taking into account the fact that the delegation of the Syrian Foreign Ministry visited Russia last month.”

Answering a question if the delegation brought any new ideas on the political settlement in Syria, he replied in the affirmative. “Now we’ve met in Paris to make public a declaration entitled the Democratic Civil Alliance. This is the roadmap of our group. Different structures of the opposition worked on it,” Manaa said.

Commenting on the unification of the internal and external oppositions to start the dialogue with the government, the NCC coordinator said, “Yes, but not all. There are extremists whom we call Lords of War. They want no talks.”

“We talked about elections and personalities. We did not talk about the principle of the division of powers,” Manaa said. “We should give priority to the very important issue – how to isolate discussions on the future of the presidential system.” “If we have a parliamentary republic, a prime minister will have all powers,” the NCC coordinator stressed.

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