Closed door Syrian talks occurring in Moscow

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Moscow, Russia (nsnbc) – Moscow is hosting Syrian talks behind closed doors. Tuesday talks resumed with the foreign backed Syrian “opposition” while Moscow is scheduled to hold talks with representatives of the Syrian Arab Republic on Wednesday.

The closed-door meetings are facilitated by the Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Vitaly Naumkin. Talks with the opposition focus on the preparation of a paper that could be presented to the representatives of the Syrian government on Wednesday.
Moscow also hosted talks with the opposition on Monday, focusing on the need to unite all Syrians in the fight against terrorism and on encouraging reconciliation and preparations for a direct dialog between the conflicting Syrian parties.

Moscow hosted the first round of Syria talks on January 26 – 29, bringing together representatives of the Syrian government, representatives of the opposition as well as parties.

The Russian government has persistently attempted to broker a peaceful resolution and the continuation of the Geneva talks and the 2012 Geneva Communiqé.

The Egyptian administration of President al-Sisi also hosted several meetings with representatives of the foreign-backed “opposition” as well as with representatives of the Syrian government.

Although no official statements have been made in that regard, many analysts presume that Moscow and Cairo coordinate their efforts with regards to ending the Syrian conflict.

One of the major obstacles to overcome is that the foreign-backed opposition insists on the formation of a“transitional government”, replicating the policy that has led to the catastrophic descent of Libya into a protracted war after its “liberation” with the help of NATO in 2011.

The Syrian government, and MPs, for their part, stress that the government does not have any constitutional mandate for the formation of any government without the involvement of the Syrian electorate.

This position is not only supported by the Syrian Baath Party but by other parties as well as civil society organizations in Syria who stress that everybody who is denouncing violence and vouches for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria is welcome to participate in the political discourse on equal terms with others.

Author: Fahwad al-Khadoumi

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