18:20 GMT +314 October 2019
Listen Live
    Monzer Akbik, chief of staff in the office of the president of the Syrian Coalition, takes part in a discussion entitled Meet the Syria Opposition at the New American Foundation in Washington,DC on May 12, 2014

    Syrian Tomorrow Opposition Movement Set to Consider Invitation for Astana Talks

    © AFP 2019 / NICHOLAS KAMM
    Politics
    Get short URL
    0 44
    Subscribe

    Syria's Tomorrow spokesman Monzer Akbik stated that Russia and the United States could exert pressure on Syrian authorities to initiate the transition period.

    CAIRO (Sputnik) – The liberal opposition movement Syria's Tomorrow was not invited to take part in the intra-Syrian talks in Astana or Geneva but it is ready to consider such an opportunity in case of receiving an invitation, movement’s spokesman Monzer Akbik said on Wednesday.

    "We have not participated in the talks yet, it there are invitations, we will decide on them," Akbik told Sputnik.

    He pointed out that the UN Security Council resolution 2254 and Geneva agreements must be a basis for negotiations.

    "While it is a legal basis, we agree to take part in the negotiation process," Akbik said.

    He added that Russia and the United States could exert pressure on Syrian authorities to initiate the transition period.

    On December 17, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed in a phone call the possibility of a meeting in Astana between the parties to the Syrian conflict with Russia, Iran and Turkey as potential mediators.

    Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev supported the initiative and expressed readiness to provide a platform for such talks in the Kazakh capital.

    On Monday, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said he intended to convene negotiations between the Syrian government and opposition in Geneva, Switzerland on February 8.

    Related:

    Intra-Syrian Talks in Astana May Prepare Ground for Reconciliation Deal
    Syrian Opposition Moscow-Cairo Group Yet to Receive Invitation to Astana Talks
    China Welcomes Possible Syria Talks in Astana
    Kazakhstan in Contact With Russia, Turkey on Syrian Talks in Astana - FM
    Tags:
    Syrian crisis, Intra-Syria talks, Syria's Tomorrow, Monzer Akbik, Syria, Astana
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik