The joint delegation of the Syrian opposition at the Riyadh conference, as well as the statement made by leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey after the summit in Sochi give hope for success of the talks in Geneva, the EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in statement published in Brussels on Saturday.

“The opposition now has a unified delegation willing to negotiate without preconditions on the agenda set by the UN. The strengthening of women’s participation in the opposition delegation is a critical step. This, together with the statement of the three Astana guarantors in Sochi, allows us to now look forward to the next round in Geneva with the strong hope that the way is now paved for concrete decisions between the Syrian parties including on transitional governance, a constitutional process and UN-supervised free and fair elections,” the document reads.

The EU stresses, “the primacy of the UN-led Geneva process, and its readiness to support it not only from a political and diplomatic point of view but also with all the economic and humanitarian work developed under the Brussels process,” Mogherini said in the statement.

“In Syria, the fighting is not over. The humanitarian situation is deteriorating. Attacks on civilians, as seen recently in Atareb and Eastern Ghouta have to stop. Obstacles to humanitarian access across Syria have to be removed. We count on the active support of the ceasefire guarantors Russia, Iran, and Turkey, to facilitate access to and from the de-escalation areas,” the statement reads.

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