Syrian authorities agreed to talks with opposition

Syrian authorities agreed to talks with opposition

Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 17 / Trend , A.Tagiyeva /

The Syrian authorities have announced readiness to begin negotiations with the opposition in the next 15 days, the Al Arabiya television channel reported on Monday.
However, Damascus does not accept a proposal of the League of Arab States to hold talks in Cairo.

The Syrian authorities stated that the talks with the opposition can only be held in Syria, as Damascus is able to solve its internal problems.

In addition, the Syrian regime has put forward another condition that the talks should be held under the chairmanship of Qatar in the ministerial committee specially designed to maintain contact between the Syrian government and opposition.

On Sunday, the foreign ministers of the Arab League states urged the Syrian leadership and opposition to begin a dialogue in Cairo to stop the bloodshed in the country.

The Arab League held a meeting in Cairo upon the initiative of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) under Qatar's chairmanship.

Secretary General of the Arab League Nabil al-Arabi said representatives of all branches of the opposition inside Syria and abroad will be invited to the talks.

Mass protests in Syria began in mid March in Dera'a, in the country's south, then spreading to other regions. The opposition is demanding the resignation of Syria's President Asad and for political reforms. The regime's opponents formed a Transitional National Council as an oppositional body of power. According to the UN, there are 3,600 people dead.

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