UN Peace Envoy Discusses Syrian Opposition’s Offer for Talks


The UN and Arab League’s envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, met with Syrian opposition chief Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib in Cairo on Sunday to discuss his offer to talk with the Syrian government, Al Mayadeen TV has reported.

Brahimi also held talks on Sunday with Arab League Secretary General Nabil El-Arabi on the “latest developments of the Syrian crisis and the possible efforts to resolve it,” KUNA news agency reported.

In late January, Al-Khatib, a leader of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces (SNCROF), said he was ready to start talks with Syrian authorities, but demanded the release of 160,000 prisoners and the extension of expired passports for Syrians living outside the country.

He later said the dialogue will not start if all women being held in Syrian prisons are not released by February 10.

The Syrian government said earlier this week it is open for dialogue with the opposition, but without any preconditions.

Syria has been locked in an increasingly bloody civil war since demonstrations broke out against President Bashar al-Assad in March 2011. According to UN estimates, at least 60,000 people have been killed in the conflict.



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