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    De Mistura Hopes Syrian Opposition Able to Form Delegations for Geneva Talks

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    UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura expressed hope on Friday that the Syrian opposition will be able to form delegations to Geneva talks so that he won't have to interfere in the process.

    PARIS (Sputnik) — De Mistura met with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault in Paris on Friday to take stock of the political and security situation in Syria as well as preparations for the inter-Syrian negotiations.

    De Mistura has repeatedly stated the opposition must be represented in a credible manner at intra-Syrian negotiations in Geneva, and warned that he would have to personally form the opposition delegation if the Syrians failed to do so on their own.


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