Moscow talks begin with low hopes

Moscow talks begin with low hopes

Yvonne Williams

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Mikhail Bogdanov, said members of the Syrian opposition met on Monday in Moscow, for a fresh attempt at defusing the country’s bloody civil war.

“27 to 28″ opposition members had come to Moscow for the talks,” he said.

He said the opposition members, led by former UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, would negotiate among themselves for two days before Syrian government representatives join the talks on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Mounzer Khaddam, Leader of the National Coordination Body for Democratic Change, said that expectations aren’t high.

“We do not expect much from this meeting and we hope that the regime will deal seriously with this meeting,” he said.

Sarah Karkour, Coalition Spokeswoman said that nine of its members had declined an invitation to participate as individuals.

She noted that not invited to the Moscow talks are radical Islamists, including the al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State and also not present was the Istanbul-based National Coalition, the main Western-backed external opposition group.


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