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"Geneva II should be organized om Geneva I basis" French Ambassador.

NEW YORK (CyHAN)- French Ambassador Gerard Araud, said today that there is a "strong" general agreement, that the Geneva II conference will have to be organized on the basis of Geneva I, with the stated objective "to set a transition authority with full executive power."

Speaking to reporters outside the Security Council, Araud said Russia and China are in agreement on this point.

Nevertheless, he said "you don't expect, frankly, that Mr. Bashar al-Assad is going to Geneva II saying, I am going to Geneva II to prepare my retirement" nor is the opposition expected to say "I go to Geneva II really, simply to keep Assad."

Araud said "before the meeting everybody is going to repeat his position in the stiffest manner, that's the way it works" and added that once "they enter the room, you close the doors of the room, you exclude the journalists, you send them to Geneva -- because it will be in Montreux -- so you tell them to go to Geneva, and we see whether there is a momentum, whether there is a chemistry between the two sides."

The second international conference on Syria, known as Geneva II has been set to take place in Montreux, Switzerland on 22 January 2014.

Geneva II will bring the Syrian Government and the opposition to a negotiating table for the first time since the conflict started in March 2011.

The goal of the meeting is to achieve a political solution to the conflict through a comprehensive agreement between the Syrian Government and the opposition for the full implementation of the Geneva communique, adopted after the first international meeting on the issue on 30 June 2012.

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16 JANUARY 2014, NEW YORK CITY

UN Headquarters

Ambassador Gerard Araud of France walks up to the stakeout position

Reporter's laptop computer

Reporter's laptop computer

Reporter's mobile device

Araud walks away

SOUNDBITE (French) Gerard Araud, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations:

"There is a general agreement, a strong agreement, that Geneva II will have to be organized on the basis of Geneva I. That's something which I think everybody agrees, you know, including Russia and China. In this Geneva I it is clearly said that the objective is to set a transition authority with full executive power."

SOUNDBITE (French) Gerard Araud, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations:

"You don't expect, frankly, that Mr. Bashar al-Assad is going to Geneva II saying, I am going to Geneva II to prepare my retirement. No, he is not going to say that, really. And you don't expect the opposition saying I go to Geneva II really, simply to keep Assad. So there will be a kabuki. You know, everybody before the meeting, with all the due respect for the Japanese journalists. Before the meeting everybody is going to repeat his position in the stiffest manner, that's the way it works. So the problem for us is that they go to Geneva II, they enter the room, you close the doors of the room, you exclude the journalists, you send them to Geneva -- because it will be in Montreux -- so you tell them to go to Geneva, and we see whether there is a momentum, whether there is a chemistry between the two sides."

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