Location: Damascus, Syria Slug: Brahimi press er more Duration: 01’ 39” Language: Nat/Arabic Source: Ap television Restrictions: Ap clients only Dateline: 01 Nov 2013
1. two shot of exterior of Sheraton hotel 2. Med of camera in the presser 3. (Soundbite)(arabic) Lakhdar Brahimi, UN/Arab league special joint envoy to Syria “ The opposition- the national coalition or other spectra of the opposition- are still searching for a way to be represented in Geneva II, but I believe most of the people have the will to be presented in this summit because everyone thinks that there is no other way to try to get out of this disaster that hit Syria and is threatening the whole region and other areas” 4. Med of journalists in the presser 5. (Soundbite)(arabic) Lakhdar Brahimi, UN/Arab league special joint envoy to Syria “ Regarding the opposition, we hope it will be one delegation, this would make things easier for the summit and for the Syrian themselves. This will be studied and negotiated among the opposition sides and bewteen them and ourselves in the next days. As for Iran; the Unite Nations would prefer the presence of Iran, but we have not agreed on the list of the invited yet” 6. Wide of Sheraton hotel
UN peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi says guest list for Geneva conference on Syria likely to be agreed soon.
The U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria is winding up a days-long visit to Damascus with a call to both the Syrian government and the opposition to attend a planned peace conference in Geneva.
Lakhdar Brahimi, who had travelled to Damascus at the end of a Mideast tour to muster regional support for the conference, appeared uncertain about prospects for the meeting.
He met with Syrian President Bashar Assad and Damascus-based opposition groups, and said the Syrian government has confirmed it would attend.
Unlike the first Geneva summit, he said, Syria will be represented by both its government and the opposition.
"The national coalition or others in the spectra of the opposition - are still searching for a way to be represented in Geneva Two," he said, adding that he hoped there would only be one opposition delegation.
Most of opposition figures who met with him this week said it is impossible to be unified under one group.
They disagree over conditions for taking part, from demands that Assad step down right away to guarantees that he would not be part of a negotiated solution for the country's future.
"But I believe most people are willing to be present in this summit, because everyone thinks there is no other way to try to get out of this disaster that hit Syria," Brahimi said.
He has angered the opposition by saying the United Nations would like Iran, Assad's main backer during the war, to participate.
"The United Nations would prefer the presence of Iran, but we have not agreed on the guest list yet," he said.
After the Syrian leg of his trip, Brahimi is travelling to Lebanon to continue his tour in the region.
He said he hoped the Geneva talks would taker place in the next few weeks.
The US and Russia are pushing for the peace conference bringing both sides of the Syrian civil war to the table in Geneva later this month.
More than 120-thousand people have been killed in the nearly three-year-old conflict, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based watchdog that closely monitors the violence in Syria through a network of activists across the country.
The U.N. said in July that 100-thousand Syrians have been killed, and has not updated that figure since.
Millions of Syrians have been uprooted from their homes because of the fighting.
Brahimi warned that if the crisis goes on, expectations are that those directly affected by the crisis may reach half of Syria's total pre-war population of 23 million people.