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    There is a general feeling that the ceasefire in Syria has ended, the opposition’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC) spokesperson Riyad Naasan Agha told Sputnik.

    GENEVA (Sputnik) — According to Agha, the current round of talks has resulted in no advance on several issues, including humanitarian access to besieged areas.

    "There is a general feeling that the ceasefire is over, and the fact that the regime, as you know, is trying to recapture Aleppo, confirms this. It is fiercely bombing Aleppo, Homs and other areas," the spokesperson said.

    Riyad Naasan Agha also stressed that the Syrian High Negotiations Committee opposition group was not offered to participate in the unified Syrian opposition delegation by UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura.

    "No he [de Mistura] didn't offer this. Possibly, we have read something on Facebook or Twitter, but he did not offer this to us at meetings <…> Mr. de Mistura, during the first meeting with us in Riyadh, said 'there are no other negotiations, except between your delegation and the regime, it is your privilege'," Agha told Sputnik.

    "Our delegation is united, the others do not concern us. They are not the delegation at the talks, but de Mistura's delegations for consultations, and he is free to decide how to act," Agha added.

    The Syrian opposition's High Negotiations Committee believes that UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura will deliver a report to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon following the April round of intra-Syrian talks in Geneva, the spokesman added.

    "[De Mistura] will definitely deliver a report to the UN Secretary-General," the spokesman for the Riyadh-formed HNC said.

    On Sunday, a source in one of the groups of the Syrian opposition told Sputnik that the current round of intra-Syrian talks in Geneva will end with draft final proposals on the settlement, which should further go to the UN Security Council for approval.

    The new round of intra-Syrian talks began in Geneva on April 13. According to UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, this round of talks is focusing on Syria's political transition, governance, and the constitution.

    Moscow and Washington mediated an agreement of the cessation of hostilities in Syria, which came into force on February 27.


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