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Next round of inter-Syrian consultations to be held in Moscow — Syrian government source

January 29, 2015, 19:40 UTC+3

The Syrian government delegation to the Moscow consultations expressed hope that the Geneva communique of June 30, 2012 could be amended in view of growing terrorism in Syria

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MOSCOW, January 29. /TASS/. Next round of consultations between the Syrian government and the opposition will be held in Moscow while the final meeting will be held in Damascus, the Syrian ambassador to the UN and delegation's head, Bashar Jaafari, said on Thursday.

The next consultative meeting will be held in Moscow and arrangements on it will be made by diplomatic channels, he said. As for the final meeting, the parties to the consultations would like to hold it in Damascus.

Jaafari clarified that the final meeting would be held in the form of a full-fledged dialogue between the government and the opposition, not consultations.

According to the governmental delegation leader, the delegation has given positive assessment to its meeting with Syrian opposition members held in Moscow.

"This meeting broke the ice. We would like to thank the Russian side for arranging it," he added.

Bashar Jaafari also said that the Syrian government delegation had accepted "the Moscow principles" proposed at consultations with Syrian opposition representatives.

"The government delegation agreed to the proposal of the Moscow friends and accepted ‘the Moscow principles’. Most opposition representatives did the same," he said.

The Syrian government’s delegation to the Moscow consultations hopes the Geneva communique of June 30, 2012 could be amended in view of growing terrorism in Syria, Bashar al-Jafari, the head of the governmental delegation said on Thursday.

"Since the adoption of this document, the threat of terrorism has grown dramatically. This aspect is not reflected in the communique. We believe this issue can be discussed at a final consultative meeting in Damascus," he said.

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