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    High Negotiations Committee (HNC) members take part in a press briefing on March 22, 2016 in Geneva following a meeting of the HCN with UN Syria envoy during Syria peace talks at the United Nations in Geneva

    HNC Ready to Ensure Compliance With Syrian Ceasefire

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    HNC spokesman said that the group is ready to ensure compliance with the cessation of hostilities in Syria.

    GENEVA (Sputnik) – The Syrian opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC) is ready to ensure compliance with the cessation of hostilities in Syria, the Saudi-backed group's spokesman told Sputnik on Monday.

    "Yes, of course," Monzer Makhous said in response to a question on whether the HNC was ready to ensure compliance with the truce between government and rebel forces.

    "Statistically speaking, the vast majority of the cessation of hostilities violations come from the regime. I do not rule out that there may [be violations] on our side too, but these are self-defense measures," Makhous stressed.

    The delegation of the High Negotiations Committee (HNC) and U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura are seen at the start of a meeting during Syria peace talks at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, in this March 17, 2016 file photo
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    Monzer Makhous also said that the delegation is ready to meet with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura at their hotel, but not at the UN Office at Geneva.

    "If he wants to communicate with us, he is welcome to. But we will not go to the UN," Makhous said.

    Asked whether it would be possible to continue talks with de Mistura at their hotel, the Saudi-backed opposition group’s spokesman answered in the affirmative.

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