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Syrian opposition calls for united delegation without High Negotiations Committee pressure

September 27, 2016, 16:16 UTC+3 MOSCOW

A Syrian opposition leader urges to form a single delegation of the Syrian opposition at the Intra-Syrian talks

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MOSCOW, September 27. /TASS/. One of the leaders of the Syrian Popular Front for Change and Liberation Qadri Jamil considers it necessary to form a single delegation of the Syrian opposition at the Intra-Syrian talks.

"We need to bring many small groups together and form a single delegation, that’s what we call for," he said on Tuesday.

Jamil added that he wasn’t against the Riyadh-based High Negotiations Committee’s inclusion in such a delegation. "Why not? If we agree on a single delegation than they are welcome. But that doesn’t mean they can force their will on everybody," the opposition leader elaborated.

According to Jamil, the Riyadh-based group has been imposing their perspective for the transition process. "They act as if they were the only one and the leading party," Jamil noted.

He was confident that there was a chance to find a solution at the negotiating table.

"But we should make the necessary mutual concessions," he added.

Riyadh-based opposition group turning into Jabhat al-Nusra’s political wing

According to Jamil, the Riyadh-based Syrian opposition group is slowly turning into a political wing of the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group.

"The Riyadh-based group has been slowly transforming into Jabhat al-Nusra’s political wing," Jamil noted. "If they do so, then it will be difficult to talk to them at the negotiation table."

"Al-Nusra has changed its name but its essence hasn’t changed and the US has confirmed that," Jamil added.

He also called upon the Syrian authorities to "show serious intentions to change the country’s political framework."

The Intra-Syrian talks in Geneva came to a halt at the end of April, failing to achieve any genuine result, while the date of their resumption has been postponed several times particularly because of the continuous ceasefire violations. As the UN special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said in an interview with the Italian Stampa newspaper, the ceasefire agreements need to be implemented before the US presidential elections scheduled for November 8.

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