Syr­ian govt del­e­ga­tion to re­turn to Geneva on Sun­day for peace talks

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - World -

SYR­IAN Pres­i­dent Bashar al-as­sad’s ne­go­ti­at­ing team is set to ar­rive in Geneva on Sun­day to par­tic­i­pate in peace talks, Syria’s state news agency SANA re­ported on Thurs­day, quot­ing a for­eign min­istry source.

The del­e­ga­tion, led by Bashar alja’afari, walked out last week and re­turned to Da­m­as­cus. Ne­go­ti­a­tions re­sumed on Wed­nes­day with­out the Syr­ian gov­ern­ment del­e­ga­tion.

The talks be­gan last week and af­ter a few days with lit­tle ap­par­ent progress, the U.N. me­di­a­tor Staffan de Mis­tura said that the gov­ern­ment del­e­ga­tion was re­turn­ing to Da­m­as­cus to “con­sult and re­fresh”.

The gov­ern­ment del­e­ga­tion blamed its de­par­ture on the op­po­si­tion’s un­com­pro­mis­ing stance on As­sad’s fu­ture. Last month, the op­po­si­tion drew up a state­ment in a meet­ing in Riyadh that re­jected any fu­ture role for As­sad in Syria.

Dur­ing last week’s ses­sions, de Mis­tura shut­tled be­tween the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the two war­ring sides, who did not meet face-to-face. He had planned to con­tinue the round un­til Dec. 15.

The op­po­si­tion ne­go­ti­at­ing team ar­rived at the U.N. of­fices in Geneva on Wed­nes­day morn­ing to re­sume talks with de Mis­tura.

France ac­cused the Syr­ian gov­ern­ment on Wed­nes­day of ob­struct­ing the peace talks with its re­fusal to re­turn to Geneva and called on Rus­sia not to shrink its re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to get Da­m­as­cus to the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble.

– Reuters

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