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De Mistura invites Syria talks’ participants to Geneva April 13 — opposition

April 06, 20:34 UTC+3
Kurds will not join the delegation of Syrian opposition 'Moscow-Cairo group'
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Qadri Jamil

Qadri Jamil


MOSCOW, April 6. /TASS/. The Syrian opposition Moscow-Cairo group confirmed that the office of the UN chief’s special envoy Staffan de Mistura is inviting delegations to attend intra-Syrian talks in Geneva April 13, the group’s spokesman Qadri Jamil told TASS.

"We are arriving on the 13th. We were officially informed of the date, we are departing on that date," Jamil said.

Kurds will not join the delegation of Syrian opposition 'Moscow-Cairo group', the opposition leader said.

"The delegation will include representatives of the 'Moscow-Astana platform' and 'Cairo platform', as at the March round," Qadri Jamil said. "As for Kurds, the issue has not been decided yet. We are working on this, hoping for the better."

Jamil branded as inexplicable the position of Western countries that blocked at the UN Security Council the Russia-drafted statement on all-inclusive nature of the upcoming round of intra-Syrian talks in Geneva, which suggested Kurds should be included into the negotiation process.

"On the one hand, everyone speaks about their support to Kurds and to their struggle against Islamic State [the terrorist groups outlawed in Russia - eds. TASS]. Moreover, the Democratic Union Party is implied here," he said. "On the other hand, the same forces block Kurds’ presence at the talks in Geneva. Although they play a very significant part in resolving the crisis in Geneva, have real influence in Syria and the tasks of political settlement cannot be solved practically without them."

The first round of inter-Syrian talks was completed on March 24. UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura announced earlier that the next round of negotiations was expected to be launched no later than April 11, though several delegations may 

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