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GENEVA, April 20. /TASS/. The United States should provide the oppositional High Negotiations Committee (HNC, formed in Riyadh) not with weapons but with pens and paper for taking part in the negotiations, which remain the sole way of settling the situation in Syria, one of the leaders of the Syrian Popular Front for Change and Liberation, representative of the oppositional "Moscow platform" (participating in negotiations within the Moscow-Cairo group) Qadri Jamil told TASS in an exclusive interview. He was speaking in response to HNC General Coordinator Riyad Hijab, who voiced the hope the United States would provide weapons for armed opposition groups.
"Negotiations in Genera are the strategic policy. The Americans should provide more pens and paper for talks," he said. "Weapons will not resolve the Syrians’ problems. The negotiating process is the center of the Syrians’ activity. Everything else is redundant."
Jamil believes that such statements are "a smoke screen, put up for excusing the failure of their [the HNC’s - TASS] original plan for resolving the Syrian issue," he said. "They are in the process of denying the reality, but, I believe, they will soon get used to it."
Jamil recalled that the HNC had not left Geneva but remained in the hotel, waiting for a visit by the UN Secretary General’s special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura or his aides.
"The situation is different from the one that existed before the last but one round [at the end of January - early February -TASS], when they left Geneva," he said. "This time they have decided to stay. Even the Americans are saying they should continue to participate in the negotiations."
The HNC on April 18 made a decision to suspend its participation in the talks. Russia’s permanent representative at the UN office and other international organizations in Geneva as erroneous and an indication the extremists have gained the upper hand in the HNC.