Eight opposition fighting groups announced Thursday (May 18) evening suspending their participation in the main negotiating delegation in the upcoming Geneva Syria talks.
The fighting factions issued a statement, which Orient Net has obtained a copy of, saying that they had suspended their participation due to the lack of clarity in in reference and the confusion in decision making, in addition to the lack of a negotiation strategy.
The nature of the relationship between opposition’s Higher Negotiations Committee (HNC) and the main negotiating delegation is not in the interest of the Revolution, according to the statement.
The factions that suspended participation were Jaysh al-Yarmouk, Tahrir al-Watan Movement, South Forces Coalition, Jaysh Ahrar al-Sham, al-Shamia Front, Jaysh al-Thawra, and Sultan Murad Division, as their representatives signed the statement.
Hours later, the Media Directorate in the National Coalition of Syrian Opposition and Revolutionary Forces (the National Coalition) issued a statement confirming that the opposition’s delegation will take part in the final round of Geneva VI Syria talks on Friday (May 19) with all members present.
The National Coalition’s statement stressed that the opposition’s delegation will be headed by Nassr al-Hariri, who is due to meet the UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura to resume discussions regarding the political transition and the opposition’s vision of the Transitional Governing Body.
The opposition insists on discussing political transition, being a wider umbrella that encompasses all other points, which Assad regime rejects and considers undiscussable.