Syria’s U.N. envoy, Bashar Jaafari, departs after speaking to reporters outside the Security Council in New York.
Syria’s U.N. envoy, Bashar Jaafari, departs after speaking to reporters outside the Security Council in New York.
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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.

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