Switzerland: Jaafari warns de Mistura not to «derail his mandate» as mediator

Chief negotiator for the Syrian government delegation Bashar Jaafari questioned whether UN special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura had a mandate to continue as a facilitator of peace talks, in a statement to the press from Geneva on Thursday. Jaafari was responding to comments made by de Mistura on Swiss broadcaster RTS yesterday, where the UN special envoy suggested that the Syrian government... Еще delegation was unwilling to engage in the peace talks. “We made it clear to Mr [Staffan] de Mistura that insisting on such positions, and I mean the statements, will derail his mandate as a facilitator, a facilitator of the talks, which will have an impact on the Geneva process altogether,” Jaafari said. The Syrian government delegation has been accused by the opposition of obstructing the eighth round of UN-mediated talks. Jaafari also refused to negotiate a political solution to the crisis until the opposition abandon the Riyadh-2 communique, which calls for the removal of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as a precondition. The latest round of the Geneva talks will conclude tomorrow, December 15.

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