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Head of Syrian National Coalition leaves Geneva

January 24, 2014, 16:20 UTC+3
Coalition's Secretary General Badr Jamous will lead the Syrian delegation
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President of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) Ahmed al-Jarba (R) and General Secretary of the SNC Badr Jamous (L)

President of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) Ahmed al-Jarba (R) and General Secretary of the SNC Badr Jamous (L)

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GENEVA, January 24. /ITAR-TASS/. Head of National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces (NCSROF) Ahmad al-Jarba has left Geneva, a well-informed diplomatic source confirmed to Itar-Tass.

“Secretary General of the NCSROF Badr Jamous is entitled to hold negotiations on behalf of the Syrian opposition,” the source added.

On Thursday, at a press conference in Geneva, Ahmad al-Jarba said that he empowered a team of negotiators. He noted that they, in particular, may “stop them (the talks) anytime”.

On Friday, at 16:00 local time (15:00 GMT), a meeting between UN / LAS Special Envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi and the Syrian opposition is planned.

Earlier, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov expressed his confidence that Ahmad al-Jarba would lead the opposition delegation. “We heard American partners and other partners to say al-Jarba to lead the opposition delegation. The talks should be held at the level of deputies delegation head, i.e. at the expert level. So, we knew that al-Jarba would lead the opposition delegation in Geneva,” the Russian diplomat said.

Commenting on the format of the Geneva talks, the diplomat said, “The first stage of the talks will last for a week. Then the delegations may return to Damascus and report the leadership on the results. Afterwards they return back.”

Answering a question if the opposition delegation can refuse to take part in the talks due to al-Jarba’s departure, Bogdanov said he did not rule out that any party “can stop the talks. This is on anyone’s conscience”.

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