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Russian envoy: Damascus forwards constructive proposals on national unity government

April 18, 8:53 UTC+3
According to the Russian diplomat, it became evident following a number of meetings of government and opposition delegations with the UN chief’s special envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura
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GENEVA, April 18. /TASS/. The Syrian government delegation is forwarding constructive proposals on a national unity government, whereas opposition groups Khmeimim and Moscow-Cairo have also drafted interesting groundwork to achieve political settlement in the country, the Russian Federation’s Permanent Representative to the UN Office and other international organizations in Geneva Alexey Borodavkin said.

Borodavkin said it became evident following a number of meetings of government and opposition delegations with the UN chief’s special envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura.

"According to our information, they revealed certain important aspects. First, the government delegation is ready to talk on the topic, forwards constructive proposals regarding establishment of a national unity government and its arguments on how the new constitution of Syria should look," he said.

"The Moscow-Cairo and the Khmeimim blocs of the opposition also have interesting groundwork. They have got prepared well for discussion of the issue. They have considerations on this account," Borodavkin said.

At the same time, he underscored that the delegation of the Riyadh opposition has not moved forward yet in its position.

Russian diplomats cooperate with all participants of Syrian political process

Russian diplomats maintain regular contacts with both the government delegation and opposition taking part in the Syrian political process, the Russian diplomat went on to say.

"My colleagues and I regularly meet with all the sides taking part in the Geneva talks. First of all, this refers to contacts with the government delegation and the delegations of the opposition: Moscow-Cairo and Hmeimim groups and also some representatives of the High Negotiations Committee who have wise and moderate positions," Borodavkin said.

"We also meet with those opposition members who do not take part in the Geneva process," the diplomat added.

The second round of intra-Syrian talks began in Geneva, Switzerland, on April 13.

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