New York

28 September 2013

Readout of Secretary-General's meeting with National Coalition for Syrian opposition forces

The Secretary-General met today with the President of the National Coalition for the Syrian opposition forces, Mr. Ahmad al-Jarba. He underlined the suffering of the Syrian people on all sides, as a result of the conflict, and also the hardship of the neighbouring countries hosting Syrian refugees.

The Secretary-General welcomed Mr. al-Jarba's commitment to send a delegation to the Geneva Conference, and urged the National Coalition to reach out to other opposition groups and agree on a representative and united delegation.

He stressed the paramount importance of embarking on serious dialogue as soon as possible, as well as the need to ensure accountability for war crimes.