Syrian FM confirms Syria to enter peace talks following UN Security Council Resolution after it receives “list of opposition delegation”
Syria announced it intends to enter peace talks in Geneva in order to create a national unity government, following the United Nations Security Council resolution on a Syrian peace process announced last week.
Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem confirmed Syria’s participation during a meeting in China with the country’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi, stating that once Syria receives a “list of the opposition delegation” (in reference to rebel and anti-Assad regime factions), that a Syrian delegation would be ready to commit and enter talks. He stated “Syria is ready to participate in the Syrian-Syrian dialogue in Geneva without any foreign interference.”
Al-Moualem claimed that Syria would compose a “constitutional government” that would compose a “constitutional committee to look for a new constitution with a new law of election so the parliamentary election will be held within the period of 18 months, more or less” and that “We hope that this dialogue will be successful to help us in having a national unity government.”
The UN Security Resolution calls for a two-year timeline to create a unity government, the resolution calling for a ceasefire and free elections. The resolution proposes negotiations to establish a “transitional government” that would compose a new constitution with leadership to be voted through elections.
United States Secretary of State John Kerry stated on the resolution “This council is sending a clear message to all concerned that the time is now to stop the killing in Syria and to lay the groundwork for a government that the long-suffering people of that battered land can support.”
The proposal has no mention of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad or a solution for refugee votes, a move intentional as to ensure Russian and Iranian cooperation. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who met with Kerry on Tuesday, stated that “While we don’t see eye to eye on every single aspect of Syria… we want the same outcomes. We see the same dangers. We understand the same challenges,” both leaders confirming unity in defeating ISIS.