(AFP) – Syrian opposition negotiators in Geneva receive a steady stream of visitors, all bearing the same request: freeze the demand
that President Bashar al-Assad resign as a precondition for a peace deal.
With an eighth round of UN-backed peace talks dragging on, the opposition is in a tight spot.
They insist Assad cannot be part of Syria’s longterm future but are being pushed to recognise realities on the ground, where the regime has the upper
“Most of the diplomats that have visited the delegation have repeated the same call,” an opposition delegate said, requesting anonymity.
“You have to be realistic if you want to solve the conflict,” he described diplomats as telling the opposition.
“They want us to freeze the demand that Assad step down, but not abandon it completely.”