Russia’s permanent representative to the UN in Geneva, Alexey Borodavkin assessed the past talks on the situation in Syria. It is reported by RIA Novosti.
According to the diplomat, “the Geneva-7” although it ended without breakthroughs, but has been constructive and has yielded positive results. In particular, the position of the CPSU (Higher Committee on negotiations of the Syrian opposition) about the future of the country adjusted, and we are talking not about the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad, but about reaching agreement on political reform. The Borodavkin said that Russia expects to consolidate the position of the three delegations of the Syrian opposition by September 2017 that will open the way to direct negotiations.
“The meaning of the correction is that the opposition in this round has never mentioned the need for the resignation of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the legitimate government of the SAR. Finally, apparently, to radical opposition and their sponsors realized that you first need to establish peace in Syria, and then to negotiate a political reform in the context of normalization of the situation in the country,” said Borodavkin.
The seventh round of inter-Syrian talks in Geneva were held after the international meeting on Syria in Astana and negotiations of presidents of Russia and USA in Hamburg.