Syrian delegates expected at Geneva II 'missing'

A number of delegates who are expected to participate in the upcoming Geneva II peace talks are either missing or under arrest, says Lakhdar Brahimi.

Syrian delegates expected at Geneva II 'missing'

World Bulletin / News Desk

The U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi says Syrian delegates to take part in Geneva II conference are missing or have been arrested.

Lakhdar Brahimi, during a panel debate on “Syrian women's role in the resolve of the crisis” informed that a person who is on the list to participate in the conference in January had been arrested a while ago. “It has been said his person was later realesed, but we do not know where he is now,” said Brahimi.

Brahimi also informed about a person who is expected to attend the Geneva II conference, but has gone missing almost a year ago.

He said the UN is encouraging all groups to guarantee the participation of women in the peace and reconstruction conference, which will take place 22 January 2014.

“The UN always hopes to see women participating as representatives and we want to hear their voices,” stated Brahimi.

Brahimi stressed that Syrian women fight for their rights and are organized in this process. “They need to show leadership during the peace process,” he said.

The international conference on Syria known as "Geneva II" will be held in the Swiss city of Montreux on 22nd January. Syrian sides will start negotiations on the 24th of January at the UN Office in Geneva.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Aralık 2013, 09:43