Egypt calls for suitable representation for Syrian opposition at Geneva II

Egypt has called for the Geneva II conference on Syria to be held on schedule and to include adequate representation of all the Syrian opposition factions and the national forces influencing the situation on the ground, a foreign ministry statement read on Friday.

The statement said that the continuation of the Syrian crisis is a dangerous threat to the stability of the entire region.

The conference is scheduled to take place later this month. Backed by the United Nations and many key international players, Geneva II will continue the work of the first conference, which took place last October.

The conference has already been delayed for a day or two, according to statements by US Secretary of State John Kerry, with press reports that there is still debate about who to invite to the talks as well as the agenda of the conference.

The UN envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has yet to invite the participating factions of the conference.

The Egyptian foreign ministry’s statement asked Mistura to take advantage of the coming days to come up with the optimal format for Syrian representation.

“Settling the Syrian crisis cannot tolerate further delays, as the suffering of the Syrian people has reached unprecedented levels,” the statement added.

Egypt has repeatedly said that a political solution is the only way to end the five-year Syrian struggle.

source: Ahram online

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