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    Transitional Governing Body Might Be Formed in Syria by August - Party

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    According to the leader of the Party for Syrian State Building, a transitional governing body in Syria may be formed as early as in August.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) A transitional governing body in Syria may be formed as early as in August, following the work carried out in this direction by Russia and the United States, the leader of the Party for Syrian State Building, told Sputnik.

    “I think that in August we will already have some transitional power. May be it will fail afterwards, but the desire to form it comes ‘from above,’ from Russia and the United States,” Luai Hussein said.

    He added that success of the political process in Syria is in both powers’ interests. Each of them wants to make a contribution to the victory over terrorism in the region.

    “At the moment, none of the Syrian forces plays a real role [in the political process]… Main players are other states – primarily, Russia, the United States and some regional powers – Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia,” Hussein added.

    Syria has been mired in civil war since March 2011, with government forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad fighting numerous opposition factions and extremist groups.

    The Syrian government delegation, as well as three opposition groups — the Riyadh-formed HNC, the Moscow-Cairo and the Hmeimim groups have been taking part in the UN-mediated Geneva talks on peaceful settlement of the conflict.

    Party for Syrian State Building, which used to have the status of a movement, is not taking part in the intra-Syrian negotiations.

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