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NCORF: Inter-Syrian talks reach deadlock

February 14, 2014, 18:38 UTC+3 GENEVA
"We won’t set any conditions before the third round," Louay Safi stated
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Louay Safi

Louay Safi


GENEVA, February 14. /ITAR-TASS/. The inter-Syrian talks have reached a deadlock, spokesman to the Syrian National Council for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces (NCORF) Louay Safi said.

“We’ve not given a positive response from the government delegation. We urge the government to take a serious approach towards this issue,” the spokesman said.

“It is not a secret that the talks have reached a deadlock,” Safi said.

“We won’t set any conditions before the third round. But we’ve not yielded results. We’d like the regime to show more goodwill if it possible,” the NCORF official said.

“I hope that the international community will take the same position,” he added.


Government's delegation regrets lack of progress at Geneva talks

Syrian government delegation deeply regrets about the lack of progress at the Geneva talks, Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said on Friday.

“Unfortunately, this round does not yield progress. We’ve arrived here to achieve the political settlement of the crisis. But the other party has arrived in Geneva with another agenda, which is unrealistic,” Mekdad said.

“We agree with Russia that the Geneva communiqué should be implemented to make the negotiations successful. The agenda has not been formed,” the minister said, adding “The opposition wants to discuss the creation of a transition governing body.”

“First of all, it is necessary to discuss the fight against terrorism and security,” Mekdad said.

“The fight against terrorism is the Syrian people’s wish and hope. Our sincere willingness is to put an end to terrorism and violence and discuss the other points of the communiqué while another party does not recognize that there is terrorism in Syria,” the minister said.


Unclear if next round to be held in Geneva

Spokesman to the Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces (NCORF) Louya Safi said it was unclear yet the second round of inter-Syrian talks continues in Geneva.

“A decision has not been taken yet. There is a small chance that a brief meeting will be held tomorrow,” Safi said.

Commenting on a possibility of holding the third round of inter-Syrian talks, Safi said, “It is early to say if there is the third round.”

At the same time, the spokesman said, “We hope for this.”

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