Syria's government says no agenda agreed for Geneva talks

BEIRUT Tue Feb 11, 2014 8:13am EST

Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad, a member of the Syrian government delegation, speaks to a journalist upon his arrival for the first meeting face-to-face with Syrian opposition delegation and the U.N.-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi (not pictured) at a U.N. office in Geneva January 25, 2014. REUTERS/ Stringer

Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad, a member of the Syrian government delegation, speaks to a journalist upon his arrival for the first meeting face-to-face with Syrian opposition delegation and the U.N.-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi (not pictured) at a U.N. office in Geneva January 25, 2014.

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria's government delegation said no agenda had been agreed for peace talks in Geneva, blaming the opposition's refusal to discuss the issue of "terrorism".

"Another lost day because the representatives of the coalition insisted that terrorism in Syria does not exist and did not want to discuss it," said Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad after a meeting with international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi on the second day of talks.

"This should be the priority for any Syrian ... After that we are ready to discuss anything."

(Reporting by Mariam Karouny; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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mvlazysusan wrote:
Syria will hold Presidential elections in June.
Assad got approval from the legislature to allow any political party (with 50 or more founding members) to be placed on the ballot of the upcoming presidential election.
Russia will be among the election observers and Jimmy carter among others are also invited to observe the election and vote tabulation.
The CIA says that Dr. Assad is likely to win 80% of the vote if the election were held today and was absolutely fair.
The likelihood that Jarba (FSA representative at Geneva) could win running against Assad is exactly zero (0).
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The Geneva talks should focus on terrorism first, after that is settled, they should agree that there will be a new Government in Syria that will be determined by the Syrian people by an election, and no outside force can dictate who can or can not be on the ballot. Washington DC has NO right to dictate that Assad can or can not be on the ballot and or serve another term as President if he wins the election.

Feb 11, 2014 9:52am EST  --  Report as abuse
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