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    Saudi-Backed Syrian Opposition Delegation to Geneva Will Include Militants

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    Syrian opposition's High Negotiations Committee (HNC) backed by Saudi Arabia will include 10 representatives of militant groups in its delegation to the forthcoming intra-Syria talks in Geneva, Naser Hariri, a representative of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces, told Sputnik on Saturday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Hariri added that he was appointed to head the delegation to the talks, scheduled to resume on February 20, however he had not received official confirmation of the appointment so far.

    "The delegation will be formed of 20 people, 10 will represent politicians and 10 others armed groups," Hariri said.

    UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan 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.

    Earlier, spokesman of the HNC Salem Meslet schooled de Mistura over his proposal, calling it an "intervention."

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