Syria Peace Talks in Geneva End in Stalemate

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Geneva peace talks with Syria have ended in a stalemate on Saturday, February 15.  This was the second round of peace negotiation between the United Nations and the Syrian government about the nonstop civil war happening in Syria.  Since the first round of talks, thousands have been killed in the civil war in Syria, according to the observatory group. Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN mediator, has issued an apology to the Syrian people about the failure to achieve any result in the talks about ending the war.  It was a full week of Syria’s peace negotiation in Geneva that was concluded in an impasse.

In the Geneva conference, the Syrian government priority is to end violence and terrorism.  However, the conflicting interest is that the opposition wants to transform the country politically rather than ending the war that is occurring.  The massive killing has devastated the country and has raised international concerns.  The prospective of ending the war are uncertain and not so vivid.  Brahimi said the delegates denied his proposal of another round of talks on the issues.  He described his experience as full week of struggling debate and failure to deduct any agreement from the debate.  The peace talks of Syria in Geneva ends in continuous stalemate.

Brahimi hoped to have another round of negotiation between the US Secretary John Kerry, Russian Minister Sergei Lavrov and the UN General Ban Ki-moon.  However, no alternative dates have been assigned for another conference.  He further said they all should reflect on their responsibilities if they want this process of negation to occur or not.

The Syrian government has been accused of launching attacks in different parts of Syria, in northern Syria and near the Lebanon border, which is why the opposition wants political transition.  The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights said around 3,400 people have been killed in the Syrian war since January 22, during the first round of Geneva talks.  The government of Syria wants to end the domestic war before political transition talks.  Moreover, Bashar Jaafari, Syria’s ambassador to UN, said that the opposition’s “unrealistic interpretation” of the agenda proposed conflicts with the government.  On the other hand, the opposition said that the delegates have failed to form peaceful accord due to “puppet on strings pulled by Damascus.”  Many have blamed Jaafari for the lack of progress to attain any agreement in the Geneva discussion.

President Barack Obama said, while visiting King Abdullah II in Jordan, he was mulling conciliatory steps to pressurize the Assad regime.  He wanted Syria to come to the negotiations to reach international affirmation.  However, even Russia was ambiguous when it came to enforcing the Assad’s regime into peaceful discussions.  Russia was not on the same platform when it came to helping out the displaced people in Syria.

Spokesman Louay Safi of opposition blamed the government for negligence and non-serious approach.  The rift between the opposition and negotiators still remains, as many would want to change the leadership in Syria primarely.  The Head of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said the evacuation in the city of Homs has raised wrong expectations, and millions are living in worst conditions, people still do not have the access to humanitarian assistance of UN.  It has been three years of civil war and insurgency against the Assad’s political regime.  According to the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights, the war in Syria has killed more than 140,000 people and more than 7,000 children.  The Syrian peace talks in Geneva generated non-productive results and ended in stalemate.

By Iqra Amjad


The Australian
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