Damascus Opposes Transitional Period, Says Intra-Syria Dialogue Needed
16:55 03.11.2015(updated 16:56 03.11.2015)
Damascus opposes a transitional period in Syria, considering an intra-Syrian nationwide dialogue expansion as the only way to settle the crisis in war-torn country, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said Tuesday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A so-called transitional period, during which President Bashar Assad would transfer power in Syria to a new government, is considered a key element in the Syria reconciliation strategy by the United States and its allies.
'There is no 'transitional period' for Syria, it exists only in the minds of those who live outside of reality. We are talking about a national dialogue, an extended government and work on the constitution, this is not about transitional period,' Mekdad said in Tehran, quoted by Al Mayadeen TV channel.
The diplomat added that the government had not received a formal request for direct dialogue from opposition factions.
On October 30, top diplomats from the United States, Russia, Iran, China, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt, Qatar, Lebanon and France, as well as UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, met in Vienna to discuss an end to the ongoing four-year Syrian civil war.
The participants of the talks in Vienna for a Syrian peace reached a mutual understanding on national unity, the need to eradicate extremist groups, providing assistance to refugees, and restating that the Syrian people must decide the future of their state. These principles became the basis of an agreement signed following the negotiations.
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