Report: Syrian Government Agrees on Agenda for International Talks

Syrian chief negotiator Bashar al-Ja'afari, Ambassador of the Permanent Representative Mission of Syria to UN New York, arrives to attend a meeting of Intra Syria peace talks at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, on Thursday, March 2, 2017. (Philippe Desmazes/Pool Photo via AP)
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(REUTERS) – Syria’s chief negotiator said on Saturday that the “only thing” achieved at 10-day talks in Geneva was an agreed agenda and that the government wanted a unified opposition delegation as its negotiating partner.

In his first remarks since talks ended on Friday, Syria’s ambassador to the U.N. Bashar al-Ja’afari (pictured) said the agenda agreed through U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura gave equal weight to four subjects, including the government’s own priority of fighting terrorism.

“Nothing has been adopted so far, there is nothing final at all except for the agreement on an agenda. This is the only final thing that we achieved in this round,” Ja’afari told reporters in Geneva.

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