Syrian Opposition Begin Talks in Moscow, Speculate Modest Results
Published By : 27 Jan 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
In a meeting of the Syrian opposition members held in Moscow on Monday, it was decided that a set of common demands would be presented to the Damascus government so as to revive peace efforts. The demands will be presented when the representatives join representatives of the Damascus government later this week.
While the discussions seek to spur the right issue, expectations of it coming up with a breakthrough solution are low. The talks are taking place between key political opposition groups and do not involve the main groups that are fighting with the Syrian government for the past four years on the the ground.
Opposition members have refrained from attending the meeting citing Moscow's long-term backing to Syria's president Bashar al-Assad. The groups also stated that the talks were only a way to prop-up the man (Assad) they want to leave power.
A member of the National Coordination Committee of the opposition groups stated that the group is instead trying to develop an atmosphere of trust between all the parties who are trying to come to a ceasefire as well as the regime.
It is reported that many of the 30 opposition representatives attending the meeting are from a Damascus-based opposition group that is considered to be tolerated by Assad. These officials are in-fact considered traitors by Assad's armed opponents in the conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced some millions.
Members attending the meeting have said that the opposition will try to find out a solution that will help alleviate the plight of Syrian population and free political prisoners.
Even Russia, the host to the meet, has modest expectations from the talks which will soon be joined by representatives of the Syrian government on this Wednesday.