Syrian government team may not return to Geneva for UN-led peace talks

The Syrian delegation to the peace talks in Geneva has announced that it intends to leave Switzerland tomorrow. The head of the delegation added that Damascus will need to decide whether the team will return to Geneva next week to continue the negotiations with the opposition.
Syrian Ambassador to the UN Bashar Jaafari Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

The Syrian government representatives who are in Geneva to discuss the possibility of ending the bloody civil war with the opposition announced Friday that they are done with the talks and preparing to leave Switzerland.

Syrian Ambassador to the UN Bashar Jaafari told reporters that his team is making arrangements to leave the country and return to Damascus tomorrow. He also said that the government will decide whether the delegation should renew its participation in the UN-led peace talks on Tuesday or officially abandon the negotiations.  

UN special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura responded to the Syrian decision by attacking the opposition. According to de Mistura, the opposition is demanding a “provocative and irresponsible” agreement that a group of Arab countries discussed in Riyadh.

De Mistura claimed that the Syrian opposition does not understand the facts on the ground, explaining that the reality in the war-torn country has changed in a way that benefits Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over the past two years.



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