High Negotiations Committee Supports Strengthening of Russia's Role in Syrian Peace Process
At a meeting with a senior Russian diplomat in Geneva, a delegation of the Syrian opposition’s High Negotiations Committee said Russia should play a greater role in the Syrian crisis settlement, the Russian Foreign Ministry stated.
During the meeting of the HNC delegation and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov on Thursday, the sides exchanged opinions on the progress and perspectives of the UN-sponsored peace talks. "The Russian side confirmed the need for a constructive discussion by the sides of all provisions of the previously agreed agenda, including anti-terrorism efforts. The importance of progress on the constitutional aspects was stressed, as well as Russia’s efforts to render humanitarian assistance to the Syrian population in need", the ministry reported.
"The partners generally agreed to this approach, calling for boosting the role of Russia in the quest for ways to settle the Syrian crisis", the statement reads. The HNC delegation also stressed "usefulness of maintaining regular contacts with Russian representatives within the framework of the Geneva negotiation process".
The fifth round of the intra-Syrian talks began in Geneva on May 16 and involved the HNC, Moscow and Cairo opposition groups. Besides, members of the so-called Astana group and the united Damascus platform were also present in Geneva but did not participate in discussions.