Makdissi heads the Cairo platform opposition in Geneva.
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Jihad Makdissi was once the mouthpiece for the Syrian government."Evolution instead of revolution" should be the goal in Syria, Makdissi says.Makdissi heads the Cairo platform opposition in Geneva, one of three groups invited by the United Nations envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, in a bid to revive a moribund diplomatic process.Makdissi says it is natural for the opposition to be diverse, but he has low expectations for the talks.Makdissi urges other opposition factions to be pragmatic and rally around their commonalities, such as a desire to maintain the unity of Syria, and leave the bigger issues for later.Makdissi said he isn't aware of any legal impediment to his returning to the country but isn't rushing to do so because, he says, post-conflict Syria is governed by too many actors.Like other Syrian dissidents and representatives of armed groups, he recognizes Russia as the most important player when finding a solution to the long-standing conflict.
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