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Cairo group of Syrian opposition reluctant to join HNC delegation — representative

February 13, 17:59 UTC+3

The envoy noted that the Cairo group expects a decision of the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, on the format of representation at Geneva talks

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Jihad Makdissi

Jihad Makdissi

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MOSCOW, February 13. /TASS/. The Syrian opposition’s Cairo group rejects a proposal of participants of Riyadh meeting who invited representatives of the Moscow and Cairo groups to their delegation to the Geneva talks, a representative of the Cairo platform of the opposition Jihad Makdissi said.

"No, we already told them we don't agree [with initiative of Riyadh group or the High Negotiations Committee]. We don't want to be an accessory in their delegation."

"We offered to create a delegation from three platforms instead: Moscow platform, Cairo platform and Riyadh platform. Since they created their own delegation, it means the answer (to our proposal) is "no," Makdissi said.

He noted that the Cairo group expects a decision of the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, on the format of representation at the Geneva talks. Makdissi noted that he could not say now about the composition of the Cairo group at the talks on Syria.

The participants in the meeting of the part of the Syrian opposition, primarily representatives of the High Negotiations Committee (HNC), offered a 21-member delegation for consultations in Geneva in their final communique in Riyadh on February 10. Representatives of the Moscow and Cairo groups were offered one seat each in it.

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