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Jarba: Syrian opposition coalition ready to look for political solution to crisis

February 01, 2014, 15:09 UTC+3 MUNICH
NCSROF leader stressed that the Syrian opposition coalition keeps insisting on the necessity to establish a transitional government
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MUNICH, February 01, 15:07 /ITAR-TASS/. The National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces (NCSROF) is ready to look for a political solution to the Syrian crisis and will take part in the second round of intra-Syrian talks, NCSROF leader Ahmad Jarba said.

“After the completion of the first round of talks, I said on behalf of the NCSROF that we will take part in the second round to be held February 10 in any case,” Jarba said on Friday at the 50th Munich Security Conference currently underway in the Bavarian capital.

“We have made a decision and will push the matter through. We state that we are ready to seek a political solution to the crisis,” he said.

Jarba stressed that the Syrian opposition coalition keeps insisting on the necessity to establish a transitional government, which was mentioned in the final communiquй of the Geneva-1 conference in 2012. “This is the way we understand the results [of the conference],” he said.

The Geneva Communique (or Geneva-1 Communique) was adopted on June 30, 2012 at a conference of an “action group” on Syria in Geneva. That conference is now commonly referred to as “Geneva-1.”

A logical continuation of Geneva-1 - the Geneva-2 international peace conference on Syria - opened on January 22, 2014 in Montreux, Switzerland. The first round of Geneva-2 ended on Friday in Geneva with no particular progress. The parties to the Syrian conflict took a pause for consultations and are expected to resume the talks on February 10.

The Syrian opposition leader criticized the UN Security Council for its “failure to adopt any resolutions since the start of the Syrian revolution,” which, he said, “led to the regime’s policy becoming tougher.”

“We are approaching the second round of consultations but believe that the position demonstrated by the government of the Syrian Arab Republic is unacceptable for talks with the [opposition] coalition,” Jarba said.

Jarba will arrive in the Russian capital Moscow on February 3, and is expected to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov February 4.

Meanwhile, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem told a news conference on Friday that the lack of progress at Geneva-2 was due to a difficult atmosphere created by the United States and the opposition’s unserious attitude.

Geneva-2, organized by Russia and the United States, seeks to negotiate a solution to the Syrian crisis, which has claimed over 100,000 lives and displaced millions since its start in 2011, according to UN statistics.

An international deal was mediated in September 2013 to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons. The agreement prevented a likely US-led military intervention.

The process of disarmament in Syria was launched after hundreds of civilians died in a chemical attack made on a Damascus suburb in August 2013. The most dangerous of Syria’s chemical weapons are to be destroyed at sea by the end of March, and the rest by June 30, 2014.

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