Syria opp: Russia has no Plan for Peace Talks

KABUL: (Middle East Press) Russia has not yet come up with a clear plan for its proposed peace negotiations between the Syrian government and opposition to end the crisis in the Arab country, Syria’s foreign-sponsored opposition said.

Hadi al-Bahra, the head of the so-called Syrian National Coalition based in Turkey, told a news conference on Saturday in Cairo that there is “no plan at the moment as is rumored.”

“Even Russia does not have a clear proposal. What Russia is calling for is an invitation to meetings and talks in Moscow, without the presence of a clear plan and we have taken notice of this,” he added.

Earlier on Saturday, Damascus expressed readiness to attend the talks, with an unnamed Syrian Foreign Ministry official saying that contribution in the meeting would be aimed at “fulfilling Syrians’ aspirations to reach a way out of the crisis.”

On December 25, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said peace talks between the Syrian government and the opposition are set to take place in Moscow sometime after January 20.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has also voiced support for Russia’s efforts to broker peace in his country.

The last round of talks between a Syrian government delegation and the opposition were mediated by the United Nations in the Swiss city of Geneva in February. The talks came to an end without any physical results.

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