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Cairo group of Syrian opposition says dialogue in Geneva consistent with its proposals

March 26, 2017, 3:15 UTC+3 GENEVA

He said it upon the end of a meeting with the special envoy of the UN Secretary General for Syria, Staffan de Mistura

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GENEVA, March 26. /TASS/. Cairo group of the Syrian opposition believes a simultaneous discussion of four topics at the Geneva talks (a new government, elections, the drafting of a constitution, and struggle with terrorism - TASS) stands in line with the group’s five-point proposal for peace settlement on the basis of a transitional governing body, Jamal Suleiman, the head of the Cairo group said on Saturday.

He said it upon the end of a meeting with the special envoy of the UN Secretary General for Syria, Staffan de Mistura.

"We made a proposal to compile the governing body of file elements on the basis of five elements," Suleiman said. "That’s why we’ve always insisted on discussing all the four topics at the talks simultaneously."

The Cairo group of the opposition put forward a five-point plan for setting up a transitional governing body back at the second round of the Geneva talks in March 2016.

As element number one, Suleiman named a transitional legislative council that would have the full scope of legislative powers.

"Element number two is a government with a full scope of executive powers," he said. "Coming next is a transitional military council working under the umbrella of the transitional government. Number four is a transitional judiciary council that will exercise judiciary supervision of the transitional government’s performance. The fifth element is a board for national reconciliation and justice in the transition period."

Suleiman noted along with it that all the components envisioned engagement of the opposition and the incumbent Syrian government in compliance with the UN Security Council’s resolution 2254 on Syria. He also admitted inclusion of representatives of civic society unaffiliated with any side in the conflict and stressed the importance of retaining professionals at governmental positions.

"This concerns the judiciary system, for instance, where professionals and respected judges should be employed," he said. "Or take the Central Bank that needs financial experts.".

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