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Syria talks not making much progress: Brahimi

Iran Press TV

Tue Feb 11, 2014 5:44PM GMT

UN-Arab League Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi says the peace talks between the Syrian government and foreign-backed opposition in Geneva are not making much progress.

'The beginning of this week is as laborious as it was in the first week. We are not making much progress,' he told a news conference at the United Nations headquarters on Tuesday.

He also appealed to all parties to 'help Syria out of the nightmare its people have been living through now for three years.'

'Violence and terrorism, this is what the Syrian people want to put an end to, isn't that so? And how can this end without an agreement on the steps to be taken on the future of the country?' Brahimi pointed out.

The UN-Arab League mediator also confirmed that he will have a joint meeting with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov, and US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman on Friday.

Brahimi is due to report to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council within the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, Syrian Minister of National Reconciliation Ali Haidar said the new round of Geneva II talks on the nearly three-year conflict in Syria will end in 'failure' under the current circumstances.

On Monday, the second round of negotiations known as the Geneva II conference opened in the Swiss city of Geneva between the Syrian government delegation, led by Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem, and foreign-sponsored opposition.

The first round of the talks ended inconclusively on January 31, amid sharp differences between the representatives from the Syrian government and the so-called Syrian National Coalition (SNC).

Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since 2011.


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