Syr­ian op­po­si­tion ne­go­tia­tor re­signs


BEIRUT: The chief Syr­ian op­po­si­tion ne­go­tia­tor in the Geneva peace talks has re­signed amid no signs of progress in the peace process that be­gan ear­lier this year.

Mo­hammed Al­loush said he took this step be­cause the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity is not “se­ri­ous” about reach­ing a so­lu­tion for the coun­try’s five-year civil war.

His state­ment, re­leased late Sun­day, also said that Syr­ian gov­ern­ment forces con­tinue at­tack­ing the op­po­si­tion and be­sieg­ing fight­er­held ar­eas, de­spite the three rounds of ne­go­ti­a­tions in Geneva.

The “prox­im­ity” talks that be­gan in Jan­uary have failed to make any progress amid con­trary de­mands by the op­po­si­tion team and the gov­ern­ment del­e­ga­tion. The Syr­ian op­po­si­tion has in­sisted that po­lit­i­cal transi- tion should come first while the gov­ern­ment says fight­ing ter­ror­ism should be the pri­or­ity.

The last round was held in April and no date has been set for the next talks. As ev­i­dence of the talks’ fail­ure, Al­loush said that the United Na­tions has not been able to set up a tran­si­tional gov­ern­ing body for Syria or find a po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion to the cri­sis.

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