Italian FM: Sochi Congress Should Follow Geneva Talks

The head of the Italian Foreign Ministry Angelino Alfano said Sochi initiative can be considered effective only if it follows Geneva principles, led by UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura and encourage Damascus to actively participate in negotiations.

The diplomat also said the Syrian opposition supports this basic Geneva format. According to Alfano, the Syrian people need an opportunity to hold free and transparent elections of their own governance system and their leaders.

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