Intra-Syrian Talks in Geneva Still at Preparation Stage

© REUTERS / Denis BalibouseSyrian Ambassador to the U.N. Bashar Jaafari holds a news conference during the Syrian Peace talks at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, February 2, 2016
Syrian Ambassador to the U.N. Bashar Jaafari holds a news conference during the Syrian Peace talks at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, February 2, 2016 - Sputnik International
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Head of Syria's government delegation Bashar Jaafari said that the meeting day's agenda of intra-Syrian talks in Geneva is still unclear.

A television crew sets up ahead of the start of Syrian talks in front of the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, January 29, 2016 - Sputnik International
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GENEVA (Sputnik) — Intra-Syrian negotiations in Geneva are still at the stage of preparations and the agenda is unclear, head of Syria's government delegation Bashar Jaafari said Tuesday.

On Tuesday, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura held a meeting with the Syrian government delegation.

"We are waiting. Nothing is clear yet. The meeting day's agenda is still unclear. We are at the stage of preparations for the talks," Jaafari told reporters.

He added that the Syrian opposition delegation has not been formed which impedes the start of the intra-Syrian talks.

(R-L) A senior member of the opposition National Coordination Committee Majid Habbo, former Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil, a leader of the Popular Front of Change and Liberation, and Samir Aita, the Arabic editor of Le Monde Diplomatique and the founder of the Syrian Democratic Forum, attend a press conference after talks between representatives of the Syrian government and the opposition in Moscow, on January 30, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Bashar Jaafari also said that Damascus is awaiting a statement from opposition groups condemning recent terrorist acts in Syria.

"We have discussed with [Staffan] de Mistura a statement by the UNSC, which condemns the three terrorist acts that took place in Syria and killed dozens of innocent people," Jaafari said.

"Now we would want to hear comments from the other side on these terrorist acts. We are expecting them to make a statement that condemns these terrorist acts," Jaafari stressed.

At least 70 people were killed and some 100 injured in three blasts near a Shiite shrine in the Sayyidah Zaynab on the southern outskirts of Damascus on Sunday.

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