Syrian Opposition: De Mistura's speech is in line with Moscow’s agenda

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The head of the Syrian opposition delegation, Nasser al-Hariri, described the remarks of UN envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, as “shocking and disappointing” on Thursday, stressing that de Mistura’s speech was in line with the Russian agenda.

Hariri said that de Mistura had given up on the United Nations resolution on Syria.

The head of the Syrian opposition delegation said that “any international deal for a solution will not succeed unless the demands of the Syrian people are implemented.”

He added that the victories of the Assad military regime were achieved by Russians, Iranians and mercenaries. “There are tens of thousands of mercenaries killing the Syrian people alongside Assad.”

Hariri stressed the need to deal with the perpetrators of violations in Syria as war criminals. He demanded that the Security Council punishes the regime for using of chemical weapons.

Hariri said several international reports confirmed that Assad had committed war crimes in Syria.

De Mistura said on Wednesday that the Syrian opposition should accept that it had not won the six-and-a-half-year-old war in Syria against President Bashar al-Assad.

The UN envoy hinted that the war in Syria was almost over. “For the opposition, the message is very clear: if you are planning to win the war, the facts prove that this is not the case, so now is the time to win the peace,” he told reporters.