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Geneva II first round ends, no serious progress

January 31, 2014, 20:15 UTC+3 GENEVA
Muallem: "There are 2 reasons for the lack of progress: the opposition’s unserious attitude and a difficult atmosphere created by the United States that decided to supply weapons to opposition groups"
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Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem

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GENEVA, January 31. /ITAR-TASS/. The lack of progress at the Geneva II Peace Conference was conditioned by a difficult atmosphere created by the United States and the opposition’s unserious attitude, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem told a news conference on Friday.

“We regret very much. We arrived to discuss the Geneva Communiqué. Maybe, the opposition read it well,” Muallem said.

“There are two reasons for the lack of progress: the opposition’s unserious attitude and a difficult atmosphere created by the United States that decided to supply weapons to opposition groups,” the minister said.

The government delegation will return to Geneva when a necessary instruction is given, Muallem said. “When instructions are given I’ll contact U.N./LAS Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi and tell him about our decision,” he said.

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“We’ll demand the opposition and the civil society be represented broader,” Muallem said.

Spokesman to the National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces Louay Safi told a news briefing: “It is impossible to take any steps without creating a transition government with all powers. The current government has no political will to implement the Geneva Communiqué. To this end, a new government with all powers, including military ones, is indispensable.”

The Syrian opposition hopes to discuss the political transition process at the next round of talks, Safi said.

NCORF head Ahmed al-Jarba, who will arrive in Moscow on February 4 for a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, “will discuss the political settlement of the conflict”. “We want to stop bloodshed,” he said.

The only success of the first round of inter-Syrian talks is that the government delegation “will make the regime to hold talks in the context of the Geneva Communiqué”. “This is progress, but it does not respond to the ambitions of the Syrian people,” Safi said.

Earlier in the day, Brahimi said the second round of talks would start on February 10. The opposition agreed with the date, he added.

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