The head of Syrian delegation to Geneva, Bashar al-Jaafari, refused to call armed opposition in Syria “moderates”, stressing that all these militants are terrorists.
Talking to reporters following meeting with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, Jaafari slammed what he called discrimination against Syrian people.
“How come there aren’t armed moderate opposition groups active on French, British, and US soil that are sponsored by other states? Why this discrimination against the Syrian people?”
“When terrorism is active in Syria against Syrians, they call it moderate opposition or jihadists and so on, and they don’t call them terrorists, but when they return to the states from which they came, they become terrorists,” Sana news agency quoted Jaafari as saying.
Al-Jaafari also said that the delegation explained to de Mistura the threat posed by the Wahabism which is source of the extremist Takfiri mentality that threatens the whole world, noting that Al Qaeda’s ideology is based on the Wahabi ideology.
The head of the delegation added that they haven’t received any response so far from the other sides on the “political solution for the crisis” document which was presented to de Mistura, who promised that the response would be available on Wednesday or Thursday.
“What the Saudi delegation says in statements or leaks about the presidency position isn’t worthy of a response, because this matter is not up for discussion and wasn’t included in any paper or the documents related to this dialogue,” he stressed, adding that the delegation hasn’t received from de Mistura any official document or paper from any side involved in the intra-Syrian dialogue.
Al-Jaafari also voiced surprise over the irresponsible discourse of some sides regarding the legislative elections in which Syrians elect their representatives at the People’s Assembly.
“We don’t know until now how is representing the opposition delegation and who is the expert and who is the consultant, and this is a big obstacle for dialogue,” he said.
“We are looking forward for the dialogue to be serious, which is why we presented from the start a group of basic elements for resolving the crisis,” al-Jaafari stated.