Not long ago, the High Negotiations Comittee (HNC), which is made up by various Islamist rebel groups and is regarded as the official Syrian opposition, demanded for Bashar al-Assad to resign if they were to sign a peace deal with the Syrian Government.
However, Bashar Jaafari, Representative on behalf of the Syrian Government in regards of the UN peace negotiations, would not accept any talks of deposing Bashar al-Assad: “Our talks do not give any indication whatsoever with regard to the issue of the President of the Syrian Arab Republic. This is something already excluded”.
This was said during a brief interview with media reporters in Geneva on Monday(3/21 2016).
The Syrian spokesman also added that the past week had little to nothing to offer in terms of serious propositions by the HNC spokesman, Mohammad Alloush. In fact, Mr. Jaafari accused the HNC of being “not fully engaged” and “failing to respond on basic principles”.
Furthermore, he added that: “We (Syrian Government) believe that a week and a half has been wasted without responding to a paper is a pretext for wasting time.”
Bashar Jaafari also indicated, that did not have much flexibility himself: “The crisis in Syria is painful and we have clear instructions from our leadership,” he said.
Earlier in the week, Bashar Jaafari also called Mohammad Alloush – brother of dead Jaish al-Islam leader Zahran Alloush – a terrorist; this was not recieved kindly by the HNC.
As such, increased tensions are likely to cause the peace negotiations to collapse.