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Second round of Geneva II conference extends into Saturday

English.news.cn   2014-02-15 05:48:23
 • The second round of Geneva II Conference on Syria will extend into the sixth day on Saturday.
 • The current negotiations witnessed the two sides not budging an inch from their positions.
 • Delegates of two sides both admitted that this round of conference failed to achieve any progress.


GENEVA, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) -- The second round of Geneva II Conference on Syria will extend into the sixth day on Saturday, an UN official confirmed on Friday night.

Corinne Momal-Vanian, spokeswoman with the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), said that UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi will meet with the delegates of Syrian government and the opposition on Saturday morning.

After the first round of Geneva II negotiations between the delegations of Syrian government and the opposition mediated by Brahimi adjourned some 10 days ago without achieving concrete results, the second round started here on Monday morning and was originally expected to end on Friday.

The current negotiations witnessed the two sides not budging an inch from their positions.

The government side insisted on taking stopping violence and terrorism as a top priority, while the opposition focused on the establishment of a transitional governing body without the presence of President Bashar al-Assad.

Delegates of two sides both admitted Friday afternoon that this round of Geneva II conference failed to achieve any progress and traded blames for the gridlock.

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Makdad said that this round "did not make any progress," while Louay al-Safi, spokesman of the opposition delegation, noted that the talks "reached an impasse."

On Thursday, Brahimi, Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Gennady Gatilov and U.S. Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman held a two-hour trilateral meeting in an effort to push forward the stalled peace talks.

The two initiating countries for Geneva II conference had promised to "unblock the situation" and revivify the peaceful process. But to date no tangible progress has been witnessed.

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