Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

Syria's Opposition to Participate in Geneva Conference

Syria's Opposition to Participate in Geneva Conference

DAMASCUS - Syria's oppositional National Coordination Body (NCB) announced Monday that it will take part in the upcoming international conference on Syria to be convened in Geneva likely by mid-November.

The declaration was made at a press conference held in the capital Damascus, during which the NCB said the Geneva conference would open a new gate for political solution in Syria.

Safwan Akkasheh, a leading member of the NCB, said that his group has no preconditions to attend the conference, which is a follow-up to last year's international meeting in Geneva that drafted a peace roadmap for Syria but never materialized.

Akkasheh said "We have goals to achieve in the new conference, the first is to achieve a political and democratic transition in Syria, which means to build a democratic and civil state in Syria led by an interim government with full executives headed by an agreed-upon opposition figure."

Last month, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the Geneva II meeting would be held in mid-November, and his calls were renewed Monday when Russia and the U.S. agreed to push for holding Syria peace talks in the same date.

"Today we agreed on the steps needed for both the government and the opposition to come to the conference," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying by the RIA-Novosti news agency.

He made the comments after meeting with his U.S. counterpart John Kerry in Bali, Indonesia.

The so-called Geneva-II peace conference aims to bring together the warring sides in Syria to hammer out a political solution that could end the long-standing crisis in Syria which killed over 115, 000 people. (Xinhua)