PARIS, France, French Foreign Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, late Friday, met with UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, to discuss “political and security” situation in Syria, and preparations for a new round of peace talks this month in Geneva.

Official and diplomatic sources said in press remarks that, the two men reviewed the necessary conditions for the planned Geneva talks.

France has been insisting on the need for full representation for Syrian opposition groups at those talks, even though de Mistura has been impatient with the failure of opposition groups to come up with an appropriate representation for Geneva.

De Mistura has even gone as far as to threaten to, personally select the opposition delegation for the talks, if opponents to the Syrian government cannot agree on a delegation.

However, diplomatic sources said, France has been “pressuring” the UN envoy not to take that path.

Officially, France told de Mistura that, “for the negotiations to be successful, it is important that the opposition be represented in a credible manner” in Geneva, where the next round of peace talks is due to start on Feb 20.

Ayrault also underlined the need to address the “critical humanitarian situation” facing the civilian population in Syria and the failure to deploy assistance to those in need.

France, officials said, “wants that the inter-Syrian negotiations arrive at a political transition, in line with the Geneva communique and with United Nations resolutions 2254.” Such a transition “is indispensable to permit a lasting return to peace in Syria, and an effective fight against terrorism,” the French Foreign Ministry said, after Friday’s meeting.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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PARIS, France, French Foreign Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, late Friday, met with UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, to discuss 'political and security' situation in Syria, and preparations for a new round of peace talks this month in Geneva.Official and diplomatic sources said in press remarks that, the...