Latest Syria talks wrap up sans noticeable results

Dhaka,  Sat,  23 September 2017
Published : 15 Jul 2017, 16:36:52
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Latest Syria talks wrap up sans noticeable results

The seventh round of intra-Syria talks aimed at helping end the country's six-year-old war wrapped up Friday, and the UN envoy said they featured "no breakthrough, no breakdown, no one walking out, incremental progress", says an AP report.

Staffan de Mistura, the special UN envoy for Syria, said the Syrian government has not budged in its unwillingness to discuss political transition at the talks in Geneva while President Bashar Assad's representatives have pursued an almost incessant theme of the fight against terrorism.

Saying Assad's envoys claim to be the only ones talking about the fight against terrorist groups, de Mistura said no side should have "ownership" of that issue. He went on to "clarify some thoughts" about terrorism, mostly reiterating longstanding UN positions that he believes have increasingly appeared dormant.

"I felt that there was an expectation for the UN to indicate where we are in the fight against terrorism, which is becoming the main issue being discussed at the highest possible level elsewhere," de Mistura said during a news conference, apparently referring to the focus of the Trump administration and others on combating terrorism.

Syria's main opposition group has striven unsuccessfully to put the talks' spotlight on "political transition" in their country, something sought by a UN Security Council resolution in December 2015. It has been a bedrock text underlying de Mistura's efforts.

 
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