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Syrian opposition coalition agrees with need of preserving Syrian statehood

August 13, 2015, 18:30 UTC+3 MOSCOW
National Coalition for Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces chief Khaled Khoja said the rise of extremism had brought about a fundamentally new situation in the country.
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NCSROF chief Khaled Khoja

NCSROF chief Khaled Khoja

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MOSCOW, August 13. /TASS/. National Coalition for Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces agrees with the need for preserving government institutions of the Syrian republic and settling the conflict on the basis of the Geneva communique, NCSROF chief Khaled Khoja said at a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Thursday.

"We fully agree that the Syrian statehood and government institutions must be preserved," Khoja said. "We also agreed that the transitional period must agree all principles of the Geneva Accords, including those concerning the establishment of a governing body enjoying absolute powers."

Khoja said the rise of extremism had brought about a fundamentally new situation in the country.

"As representatives of the revolution, popular forces and opposition we are here to explain our stance regarding the transitional period in Syria," he said.

Khoja said that the NCSROF blamed the chaos in Syria entirely on the government of President Bashar Assad.

The NCSROF is not the sole group that is determined to fight against terrorism. We have done that so far, and we will continue doing so in the future," he said. "Closer unity in the struggle against terrorism must be comprehensive and geared to restoring the country to stability."

Khoja voiced the hope for preserving friendly ties between Russia and Syria for the sake of settling the country and restoring the situation in the country to normal.

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