Syrian envoy to the United Nations said today that Damascus needed support to negotiate with the opposition to implement a 2012 Geneva communique that calls for a transitional government but said that "terrorism" must also end.
Bashar Jaafari, speaking to a news conference after an all-day international meeting, said that in talks with the opposition mediated by Lakhdar Brahimi in Geneva on Friday, "we will hopefully engage in a process of dialogue mainly aiming at implementing the provisions of Geneva -1".
He said "Syria needs encouragement to engage in the sincere and honest implementation of Geneva-1, as I said, but to do so, we need all to put an end to the terrorism, and the violence, because the political settlement cannot go hand-in-hand with the terrorism".
Jaafari voiced disappointment with the format of the conference, attended by 40 countries but not its ally Iran after U.N Secretary-General "Ban Ki-moon" withdrew Tehran's invitation for not publicly endorsing the Geneva communique.
"So we had today 40 countries seemingly pre-selected in a way that most of them would be anti-Syrian delegations, meaning that they are coming from governments who do have hostile policies towards the Syrian government", he said.