Syrian opposition spokesman says talks with UN envoy 'very positive'

Reuters , Sunday 31 Jan 2016

Syria Chief Negotiator
Syrian chief negotiator and the country's ambassador to the UN Bashar Ja'afar, right, holds a press conference during the round of negotiations between the Syrian government and the opposition in Geneva, Switzerland, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. (Photo: AP)

The Syrian opposition held "very positive" discussions with UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura on Sunday, notably on the humanitarian situation, the group's spokesman said.

The opposition said earlier in the day it would not enter political negotiations with President Bashar al-Assad's government until there were concrete measures in place that would alleviate the humanitarian situation on the ground.

"Today's meeting was very positive with Mr de Mistura," he told reporters. "Things are encouraging and positive concerning humanitarian issues. There will be another meeting tomorrow."

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