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NCC Leader Arrested

Safwan Akkash's arrest came on the second day of the second round of Geneva talks
NCC Leader Arrested

Syrian regime security forces have arrested one of the leaders of the Communist Work Party and the National Coordination Commission (NCC) on Monday after he returned from Egypt through Lebanon.


In a statement, the NCC said in a statement that the arrest of Safwan Akkash was carried out by battalion No. 215.


Akkash was a member in the NCC commission delegation which met the President of the Syrian National Coalition, Ahmad Jarba and the Egyptian foreign minister Nabil Fahmy to discuss the NCC's participation in Geneva II negotiations.


The statement said Akkash's arrest, on the first day of the second round of Geneva II negotiations, is considered as evidence that the Syrian regime does not seek a political solution for the crisis and proof that the regime wants to waste time at Geneva in order to continue the policy of suppressing any political process in the country.


The statement accused the Syrian regime, along with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Lakhdar Brahimi and the sponsors of Geneva II, America and Russia, of responsibility for the arrest.


Assad's forces had arrested a member in the Executive Office and the Director of Foreign Affairs, Abdulaziz al-Khair, along with the members of the executive council,  Ias Ayyash and Maher Tahhan, over a year ago.


Translated and edited by The Syrian Observer


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