SYRIAN GOVERNMENT REJECTS CLAIMS OF HINDERING GENEVA TALKS
DAMASCUS, Syria – The Syrian Foreign Ministry, slammed claims that the Syrian government’s delegation was responsible for the failure of the latest round of intra-Syrian talks in Geneva.
In a statement, the ministry deplored what it called, the “allegations” of the UN special envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, and France, which blamed the administration of President Bashar al-Assad, for the failure of the eighth round of the intra-Syrian talks in Geneva.
On Thursday, Mistura said, the two weeks of talks failed to yield the intended results, despite great efforts, which he described as a “missed golden opportunity.”
Mistura accused the Syrian government delegation of setting preconditions that he had warned against, saying, the government delegation refused to discuss anything other than “terrorism.”
French ambassador to the U.S., Gerard Araud, also accused Syria of doing nothing to reach a peace agreement.
“The Assad government never entered into any negotiation, since the beginning of the civil war. They don’t look for a political compromise but for the eradication of their enemies,” Araud said on Twitter.
Alexandre Giorgini, France’s deputy foreign ministry spokesman, said, “We deplore the attitude of the Syrian government, which has refused to engage in the discussion. The Syrian government is responsible for the lack of progress in the negotiations,” he said.
Such stances pushed the Syrian Foreign Ministry to condemn the “allegations,” saying, such remarks are parts of the “campaign of lies and misinformation.”
The ministry said, the Syrian government has positively made all true efforts to end the crisis, adding that, the government delegation positively engaged in the sessions of the recent round of talks in Geneva.
The government team was hoping to reach positive results in this round of talks, blaming the failure of the recent round of talks on the opposition’s pre-conditions.
“Everyone should realise that the Geneva process is an intra-Syrian dialogue under a Syrian leadership and the UN special envoy must realise that, and work on removing the obstacles and to be objective and impartial in order to reach results that could end the crisis,” the ministry said.
The eighth round of the intra-Syrian talks in Geneva ended on Thursday, with both negotiating parties holding firm to their own visions.
Ahead of the talks, the Saudi-backed Riyadh Platform opposition group renewed demands for President Bashar al-Assad’s departure, as a prelude to any political settlement, which gave the government delegation a reason to accuse the opposition of placing preconditions for the talks, something that had previously been rejected.
The government, as in previous rounds, wanted to prioritise counter-terrorism as the top issue to be discussed during the talks.
Such differences ruled out the positive results at the end of the talks, which disappointed Mistura, who was hoping to have both sides talk face-to-face in the eighth round of Geneva.
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