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Syria opposition, UN discuss political transition, constitution, elections

Yahya Al-Aridi, Syrian opposition spokesman in Astana, Kazakhstan on 22 January 2017 [Aliia Raimbekova/Anadolu Agency]

The Syrian opposition participating in the Geneva 8 talks and the United Nations team discussed political transition, the constitution and the elections.

The first round of Geneva 8 began on 28 November and lasted four days, then stopped for several days before resuming on Tuesday, with meetings between the opposition and the UN team only.

“We came to discuss the implementation of the international legitimacy resolutions. We discussed the political transition process in depth and clearly,” opposition spokesman Yahya Al-Aridi said in remarks after the meeting.

Al-Aridi explained that the two sides also discussed political transition in relation to the electoral and constitutional processes as well as the infrastructure for political transition.

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Remarking on the opposition’s meetings with the UN team, Al-Aridi said: “We are serious about the political process that is why we are engaged with the United Nations in the implementation of its decision.”

“Meanwhile, the other side is preoccupied with matters that are not related to politics, but rather the continuation of its strategy in Syria without paying attention to the Syrians,” he said in reference to the Syrian regime delegation which was absent from the meetings.

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