Syrian opposition: Transitional period needed in Syria led by governing body

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Syria’s High Negotiations Commission called for a transitional period led by a transitional governing body with executive power, stressing the importance of finding a comprehensive solution to the Syrian crisis.

“We will continue to work in this spirit for a democratic State and the eradication of terrorism,” the commission’s head, Naser al-Hariri, said in a press conference in Istanbul on Thursday.

He added that any dialogue between the factions of the Syrian people must be at their will, and that “the dialogue must be away from the criminals and the regime of tyranny, not for its benefit.”

He said that the opposition is ready and willing to discuss all issues related to UN resolution 2254 which calls for a ceasefire and political settlement in Syria.

Hariri also welcomed statements made by Stefan De Mistura in the Sochi talks, saying that the outputs of the Sochi conference should be delivered to the UN and be in line with international resolutions.

He added that the commission did not officially participate in Sochi, but some opposition individuals participated at their own personal will, not in the name of the opposition commission.

Hariri considered the Geneva talks as the main platform to solve the Syrian crisis, and the main problem was to apply a ceasefire.

On Thursday, the UN’s Jan Egeland, the Special Advisor to the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, said that the situation in Idlib is “screaming for a ceasefire” and that Russia, Turkey and Iran need to ensure that there is a de-escalation.

He added that Syrian government cooperation on humanitarian aid is at an all-time low since the humanitarian taskforce began in 2015. He said that humanitarian diplomacy in Syria “seems to be totally impotent.”

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