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    A Syrian opposition figure told Sputnik that the Riyadh-backed High Negotiations Committee is incapable of independent decisions and intends to undermine the upcoming talks in Geneva.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Riyadh-backed High Negotiations Committee (HNC) is intentionally trying to impede the formation of a single Syrian opposition delegation for the upcoming Geneva talks to ruin intra-Syrian negotiations, a Syrian opposition figure told Sputnik Wednesday.

    "Part of the Syrian political opposition does not make independent decisions. Their regional patrons have their own interests, which they realize with the help of those whom they patronize. So we see the 'Riyadh group' is impeding the formation of a single opposition delegation to ruin the future negotiations in Geneva," Qadri Jamil, a leader of Syria's Popular Front for Change and Liberation, said.

    Delegations to the new round of the intra-Syrian talks are expected to arrive in Geneva starting from February 20 and to have a number of technical meetings before the talks kick off officially on February 23, according to UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura’s office.

    Since 2011, Syria has been engulfed in a civil war, with government forces fighting against numerous opposition and terrorist groups, including al-Nusra Front and Daesh, banned in a range of countries, including Russia.


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    Intra-Syria talks, The Syrian war, Syrian opposition's High Negotiations Committee (HNC), Syria's Popular Front for Change and Liberation, Qadri Jamil, Syria, Geneva
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