Syrian opposition meets U.N. envoy, demands action on humanitarian issues




 
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Syrian opposition meets U.N. envoy, demands action on humanitarian issues
 
January 31st, 2016  
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Syrian opposition meets U.N. envoy, demands action on humanitarian issues
A Saudi-backed Syrian opposition delegation met the U.N.'s special envoy Staffan de Mistura for the first time on Sunday demanding efforts to improve humanitarian conditions on the ground or they would shun political negotiations. "We only came to Geneva after receiving assurances and commitments and we have precise commitments on the fact there would be serious progress on the humanitarian situation," Bassma Kodmani, who is part of the opposition negotiating delegation, told a news conference. "We can't start political negotiations until we have those gestures (in place)." The delegation representing the High Negotiations Committee is seeking a halt to attacks on civilian areas, the release of detainees and a lifting of blockades.




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