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Second round of Geneva II concludes without tangible results: Brahimi

English.news.cn   2014-02-15 21:51:00

GENEVA, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- The second round negotiations of the Geneva II international conference on Syria concluded on Saturday noon without achieving tangible results, said UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi.

Brahimi said a proposed agenda for the next round of talks was agreed between delegates of the Syrian government and the opposition, but did not reveal the exact date.

Addressing a press conference in the wake of the "laborious" last session held Saturday morning, he said an agenda for the next round of "when it does take place" was accepted by both sides.

The four-point agenda included fighting violence and terrorism, the transitional governing body, national institutions, and as well as national reconciliation and national debate, according to Brahimi.

Brahimi suggested that during the new round, the first day would be reserved for discussions over fighting against violence and terrorism, and the second day about the transitional governing body.

But the special envoy noted that the specific negotiating time-length devoted to respective item remained a sticking point.

He said that the Syrian government delegation accepted the agenda, but refused the suggested time-length of discussions on stopping the violence and terrorism and insisted on moving to the second item only when the first one was finished.

Brahimi said that this position "raises the suspicion of the opposition that the government did not want to discuss the transitional governing body."

The special envoy hoped that each side "goes back and reflect and take their responsibility."

"I very, very much hope that the two sides will reflect and think a little bit better and come back ready to engage seriously on how to implement the Geneva Communique," he said.

"The Geneva Communique is not an end in itself and The Geneva Communique helps the two sides, and us sitting between them, to start the long road towards ending this crisis," he added.


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Editor: Yang Yi
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