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    Cairo-Based Syrian Opposition Agrees to Corrections to UN Envoy’s Proposals

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    The Cairo group of Syrian opposition favors UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura's proposals on Syrian conflict settlement, Jihad Makdissi told Sputnik.

    GENEVA (Sputnik) — The Cairo group of Syrian opposition has no objections to the corrections to UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura's proposals on settlement made by the Moscow group, Jihad Makdissi, the head of the Cairo group in Moscow-Cairo opposition platform at Geneva talks, told Sputnik.

    In the end of March round of indirect talks, de Mistura made a list of 12 points with proposals for a political settlement. He submitted the paper to all delegations for approval. Moscow-Cairo group has four corrections to these proposals, Qadri Jamil, head of Moscow opposition group, told reporters earlier in the week.

    "I read some of the corrections in the paper of Mr Qadri Jamil, it looks OK and reasonable and it aimed at rephrasing the 12 points in a way that suits the aspiration of Syrian people. we don't mind it, because it deals with the general principles of political solution, and our both platform [Cairo / Moscow] we agree on the main reference of this process which is UNSCR [UN Security Council resolutions] and Geneva communique," Makdissi said.

    The new round of intra-Syrian talks began in Geneva on April 13. According to de Mistura, this round of talks will entail discussions on the topics of political transition, governance, and the constitution.

    The so-called Cairo and Moscow platforms are two parts of the Moscow-Cairo Syrian opposition group at the intra-Syrian talks in Geneva, formed following meetings in the capitals of Russia and Egypt.

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