Syria opposition not told of U.N. peace talk plan: Official

Reuters , Tuesday 1 Mar 2016

The Syrian opposition council has yet to be officially informed of U.N. plans to hold a new round of peace talks on March 9 and no serious discussions can begin before detainees are freed and blockades are lifted, an opposition official said on Tuesday.

Riad Nassan Agha, a member of the opposition High Negotiations Committee, said the opposition would study the call for talks based on developments on the ground, adding that the opposition had only heard of the March 9 date in the media.

He said he did not see "good implementation" of humanitarian clauses in a U.N. Security Council which the opposition has demanded be carried out for Syria peace talks to begin. He added that U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura appeared to be "in a hurry".

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