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    Syria's HNC Accuses Int'l Community of Not Pressuring Damascus Enough

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    International community has not put enough pressure on Damascus to start talks on the substance of the political transition for Syria, the Syrian opposition’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC) spokesman told Sputnik on Tuesday.

    GENEVA (Sputnik) — On Monday, the HNC put on hold its participation in the intra-Syria talks, citing serious violations of the cessation of hostilities recently and worsening of the situation with humanitarian aid access.

    "We think that the international community has not put enough pressure on Damascus. We expected more pressure on the issue of forming a transitional governing body. However, the talks transformed, and instead of the progress on the humanitarian track, there has been a step back," Riyad Naasan Agha said.

    Earlier on Tuesday, HNC's head at the Geneva intra-Syrian talks said that the opposition group blames Syria's government for the escalation of the situation in the country.

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