`Syria to participate in Geneva II conference`
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Last Updated: Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 08:31
  
Damascus: Syria will take part in the upcoming Geneva II international conference, Foreign Minister Walid al- Moallem said on Tuesday.

During a meeting with visiting UN-Arab League joint special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, the Syrian minister said that Syria would participate in the Geneva II conference based on the Syrian people's "exclusive" right to draw their political future and to choose their leadership, reported Xinhua.

While stressing that the dialogue should be based on rejecting any form of foreign intervention, the minister said the dialogue should be between and led by the Syrians.

For his part, Brahimi stressed that the Syrians are the ones who could decide the shape of the transitional period in their country.

The envoy made the remarks a day after an Arab newspaper misquoted him when speaking about the role of President Bashar al-Assad in the transitional period in Syria.

"What was published in the Arabic newspapers was not accurate and the translation was not accurate," Brahimi said, stressing that "we are preparing for Geneva conference, and Geneva conference is basically a meeting between the Syrian parties and the Syrian parties are the ones who are going to identify the transitional period and the post-transitional period, not me."

Brahimi flew in a day earlier to meet with top Syrian officials and opposition groups regarding the upcoming international conference on Syria planned to convene in Geneva by the end of November.

The conference is designed to bring the opposition and the government around the negotiation table to hammer out a political solution to the country's long-standing crisis.

IANS

First Published: Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 08:31


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