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Ahrar Ash-Sham Not Participating in Syria Talks on Own Initiative

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Ahrar ash-Sham bowed out of peace talks with the Syrian government.

GENEVA (Sputnik) — Syrian opposition group Ahrar ash-Sham did not arrive in Geneva, the venue of intra-Syrian talks, as part of the High Negotiations Committee (HNC) because it does not want to participate in the negotiating process, the delegation’s spokesman Riyadh Agah said Saturday.

"No, their representative did not arrive with the delegation on their own initiative," Agah said.

Another opposition group, Jaysh al-Islam (Army of Islam) is represented at the talks by Mohammed Alloush, who is the HNC chief negotiator. But he has not arrived in Geneva yet and, as Agah said, the decision on the arrival is "in his hands."

The HNC delegation landed in the Swiss city earlier in the day for UN-mediated peace talks with government representatives. The ultimate goal is to end an almost five-year-long war in Syria and launch a transition period that will end in elections.

The Syrian talks began on Friday with a meeting between UN envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura and the delegation of the Syrian government. On Sunday, de Mistura is expected to meet with the Saudi-backed HNC delegation, headed by Assad Zaouri.

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  • cast235
    This won't end NOTHING. What is plaguing Syria is DAESH. FSA sponsored by U.S, NATO , E.U ,U.K etc and minions., met with Mc Cain. The video still around and the pictures.
    Then Mc Cain was pledging support for FSA. ARMS.
    Next there was an FSA recruiting station. Wahhabi's were brought in by NATO. Next you know IS began. The terrorist were trained at FSA facilities and armed. Now to defuse all HOW?
    Terrorists want all dead. Women , young one as X slaves. The young as militants or dead.
    What Syrian's were doing? telling them, " WAIT.. If you going to kill them , count me in". Posing as MARTYR'S. Now they want to negotiate what?

    take over Syria? REALLY?
    IF they allowed back, they must blend with society, Swear allegiance to Syria and NEVER EVER raise arms again. Or no pardon. Prisoners? Not the end yet, and they should be FORCE to swear on their religious book.
    Those that did atrocious acts should face a tribunal. And tehy MUST join Syrian ARMY, or go to their supporters country.
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